Caution Curves CD on Initiated Eye Recordings (IEOO1) from um…er…
The Caution Curves.
A cosy electro acoustic combo comprising Amanda Huron, drums and
percussion, Tristana Fiscella, vocals and guitar, and Rebecca Mills
on her laptop, hailing from Washington DC, who's music is
refreshingly nice (as opposed to nasty).
'Lemons' begins with a yawning sleepy start from vocalist
Tristana Fiscella … something about liking Lemons?
A slightly neurotic potpourri of naive noises... the music
flittering about dangerously like moths round a candle, but hanging
together on thin threads. A change comes half way through as Ms
Fiscella tries desperately to stay awake as she sings some “proper
verses” over simple, understated drums.
On 'Leslie', a naďve ambling clattering of drums, percussion
and twangy guitar floats along nicely. The sun is out, it's spring,
and squirrels hop from branch to twig, until after a deep breath, a
moaning and a wailing hails drums building and falling, against a
feathery warm duvet of laptop gurgling. The track sinks into colder
regions, the sun is obscured by dark clouds and guttural words can
be made out as bassy low bit drones fill out the space… As the voice
soars, we quieten down to almost nothing as Tristana pleads, please
please please please, please Leslie come home!
Maybe it's the sound of Tristana Fiscella's voice or the lemony
nature of the first track, but this awakens something in my severely
damaged memory and, on hands and knees I finger my way along my
vinyl shelf until I dust off
and more specifically her early work in the 'Lemon Kittens' (hence
the lemons). This was a pleasant reminder of the lovely Ms Dax, and
the observation that experimentation when in feminine hands is
simply and wonderfully NON-po-faced and refreshingly UN-nerdy!
And there is something feminine and charming about The Caution
Curves, that is pastoral and free. The warmness of the laptop
sounds that fill the air are delightful, the voice is improvised and
happily carefree and unselfconscious. The drums although nicely
recorded, are verging on the amateur, and it takes a while for me to
decide whether I like them like this or whether someone needs a few
lessons… but finally I decide that I not only like them like this, I
love them like this… don't change… please…
As my favourite German improvisers, Can once said…
I want more…