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    [ Awkward Star ]

    "Blue Straggler"

    Awkward Star, indeed- a willfully contradictory name that reveals in part the nature of the band. Bassist Mische Eddins and drummer Randy Doak can move effortlessly from a funky groove to gothic jazz, anchoring the band with beats as precise as Greenwich Standard Time. Not that they care to do so for long- improv is the name of the game for this avant-pop-jazz outfit, and for the most part they have little interest in melodic or rhythmic conventionality.

    Rik Wright uses his effects-heavy guitar to create swirly sonicscapes, sometimes delicately and sometimes forcefully intertwining with Greta Nintzel's spoken word vocal. In dry and mannered tones, Nintzel makes an instrument of her own voice that perfectly illustrates her distaste at the banality of the world.

    Eddins takes the lead on a few songs with a gorgeous voice that layers a sensual tone over an undercurrent of sadness, echoing the emotional chaos of the band's music.

    Over songs that range from the danceable to the disturbingly hypnotic, all four members create a conversation with their instuments and voices. It can be hushed, introspective and sometimes discordant- and gives the feeling that you are eavesdropping on some intimate revelations that both entertain and challenge. The band generates a tension that never completely lets up- when your ass isn't shaking, your brain will be. This music is not for the faint of heart or intellect. Awkward Star? Discomforting radiance.

    visit: http://www.awkwardstar.com/

    Written By: Amy H. Wilcox