Gaesteliste.de - Klaus Reckert (GERMANY/DEUTSCHLAND)
March 14, 2014
"The readers open for jazz rock might already know the Belgian from her appearance with "Glass Cubes" on The Wrong Object's album "After The Exhibition", which their Antoine Guenet (key, voc, a.o. Hypnos 69 and Sh.tg.n), Ms Clynes' husband, had tailored for her and her voice.
Her own songs sound completely different but hardly less wonderful. Her clear voice, perceived as pleasantly undramatic right from the start, allows her to give to this material very positive notes reminiscent of for example Tori Amos or, on a different octave, Kate Bush ("Life Is...") or Suzanne Vega (the phrasing in "Childhood Dreams") - without ever running the risk of being confused with any of them. In addition to this songs like "A Good Man" or "Linear Blindness" are strong enough from a compositional and lyrical point of view that they could stem from Kristin Hersh's best phases.All this comes out wonderfully with Susan's voice and grand piano play as well as delicious ingredients such as Pierre Mottet's standup bass and Simon Lenski's Cello (a.o. Laïs Lenski).Moreover, on two tracks there is the discreet drum beat of Nico Chkifi. The almost ten-minute long "Les Larmes" is even simply a dialogue between grand piano and cello for long stretches, exploring spaces between farfarello-like buoyancy and modernist onomatopeia. "Ileana's Song" proves that Susan and Simon can also do trio jazz, when they feel like it. But first and foremost they feel like - and deliver! - good, intense music."