Inna Zhelannaya

Cocoon

by Deanne Sole

3 January 2011

 
cover art

Inna Zhelannaya

Cocoon

(7d Media)
US: 16 Nov 2010
UK: 16 Nov 2010

The cover of Cocoon, with its thread-artwork and a title that signifies concentration and enclosure, seems to be casting its references back a few years to Bjork’s Vespertine, but the music is enraptured only part of the time. There is a rock guitar that keeps butting in, nyow nyeow diddley-wee, and shattering the peace like a bee at a picnic. The soundscape that goes on at other times is a mixture of soft-sour hums, slithers, and folk-noises—a purr of Central Asian throat singing from Pavel Lapygin, a polyphonic women’s chorus, Russian singing slowing into profound chants. These sounds wind together, and if you’re looking for a cocoon-like effect in the music then it’s here, in this wall of trance thrumming. When the guitar comes to slice it open, the wall yields, then waits to seal itself shut again. No dramatic change is effected. No butterfly emerges. The guitar seems pointless. Or perhaps necessary in ways I have completely missed; a shout-out to Zhelannaya’s 1980s rock band past, perhaps?

Cocoon

Rating:

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Call for Music Writers... Hip-Hop, Soul, Electronic, Rock, Indie, Americana, Jazz, World and More

// Announcements

"PopMatters is looking for smart music writers. We're looking for talented writers with deep genre knowledge of music and its present and…

READ the article