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Disturbing the Air

[Drag City]

Reviewed by Chris Auman

Azita Disturbing the Air

The twelve songs on Disturbing the Air probably won’t get stuck in your head. Having been freed from Azita’s mind, they aren't likely to be confined ever again. What may linger, however, is the melancholy feeling and dark mood created by her sparse piano ballads. 

I don't know that Azita creates outsider art, but she definitely works on the outside of conventional music. She always has, despite her training in classical piano. From her time in no wave bands, Scissor Girls and Bride of No No, Azita has always brought a challenge to the turntable. What was once loud, abrasive and impossible to ignore has become equally challenging and confrontational on a different emotional level. 

With just her voice and simple, at times atonal, piano lines, Azita creates haunting songs of emptiness and loneliness that won’t quickly fade from your psyche.

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