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REVIEW by P.Olivier  18/09/2003
Pour ceux qui auraient envie d'écouter quelque chose d'un poil original, penchez vous sur le cas Barnyard Drama. C'est un duo canadien composé d'une chanteuse (Christine Duncan) et d'un percussioniste (Jean Martin) qui joue un mélange de jazz, d'avant-garde et d'électro.

Ça va de l'effrayant, comme le 3e morceau, où la chanteuse s'amuse à " parler " avec un voix rauque qui me fait penser à la très mauvaise pub pour Fanta où les extra-terrestres disent " hello ! ", à la petite comptine rafraîchissante, tout en gardant une certaine cohésion. La chanteuse est impressionnante, elle chante - paraît-il - sur 5 octaves (aussi bien voire mieux que la légendaire Yma Sumac, donc!), en tout cas, c'est vrai qu'elle a une sacrée panoplie vocale qu'elle utilise à merveille pour improviser.

Quant à la musique, elle n'est pas en reste, et qu'il s'agisse de boucles électronisantes, de " paysages sonores " majestueux, ou de rythmiques dépouillées, ça sonne toujours bien. En plus, pour un disque de ce genre je trouve que ça s'écoute très facilement, presque comme un album de pop. Ah oui, pour finir : la version de " Fais Dodo " qui conclut l'album n'est pas mal du tout.

REVIEW by Francois Couture for All Music Guide, April 2003.

A classically trained singer with a five-octave range and a long track record in contemporary vocal music (including wicked extended techniques), despite her young age, is singing jazz standards accompanied by a free improv drummer who also spins records and digital loops. That's Barnyard Drama's debut album stripped to its bare essentials.

Christine Duncan goes back and forth between the most seductive torch song singer ("A Cold Dawn," Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets") to abstract vocalizations and throat singing evoking the circus freak stylings of Phil Minton and Jaap Blonk. Jean Martin is solely responsible for dressing up the songs and making sure that Duncan's improvised flights are suitably framed. He spends little time sitting behind the drum kit, preferring instead to weave simple soundscapes put together from old vinyl, looped field recordings, and hand percussion. The result is impressive and daring in its alignment of chaotic, free-form passages ("Sister Mary" and the first half of "Invited Ghosts, Just in for the Evening," before it morphs into a troubled rendition of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue") and crowd-pleasing standards given a modern film noir reading.

On first listen, the ear is drawn to Duncan's voice: seductive and pleasant with a touch of lightness that makes her sound debonair or charmingly childish. Further listens reveal the troubled backgrounds, the studio trickery (Duncan's voice answering itself in "Sister Mary," the mesmerizing vocal effects in "Matilda and Geraldine"), and the unusual - and artistically sound - crossover appeal of the music. Highly recommended.
Barnyard Drama

Christine Duncan - Voice, Jean Martin - Drums, Turntables

Recorded by Ross Murray and J. Heidebrecht,March 3-4 2003, @Chemical Sound Toronto ON Mixed by Jean Martin and Ross Murray @ The Farm, March 30-31 2003.Mastered by David Travers-Smith. Design by Jenny Francis.
Invited Gosts - mp3
I Can't Hear You - mp3
Matilda and Geraldine - mp3
A Cold Dawn
Dear One, The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
Little Drama, Minor madness and Barnyard Drama
Miss Otis Regrets
Sister Mary