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Just plain strange (ok, maybe experimental). (12/00, neal)
Most recent release, Honey in a Goldmine (as Marzanna, EP, 2013)
Her voice has an unmistakable PJ Harvey sound, with sometimes a hint of the weirdest Kate Bush stylings. The music and way of singing is decidedly different. I'm not sure what those sound like. (12/00, neal)
I'm one of the Ecto people who really like her...I've had her disc for like 2 weeks now and it's just incredible. She's still quite 16 in her lyrical approach, but she's got some major talent and she's going to absolutely blow everybody out of the water once she learns about control...because at the moment, she has absolutely NONE but that's what makes the music and the lyrics so interesting, she's flying all over the place, those keyboard pieces are just extremely strange and wonderful...I did a good bit of research on the 'net about her and found she and her 15-year-old friend named um Donna or Dierdre or something like that released tapes of experimental improvised pieces under the name of Shell...according to the story, they dropped acid and hit the "record" button and just played for an hour and then stopped once the tape ran out. Woo. One thing that's pretty interesting to me is how her vowels are like Sylvia Plath's...notice: this has NOTHING to do with her writing style, it's all ENTIRELY to do with the way they hold their mouths or whatever...but it's a coincidence, I'm sure, just as Marianne's voice bearing a strange uncanny resemblance to PJ Harvey's is just a coincidence...but anyhow, Marianne's "ooh"s at the end of words, like, "you" and "do" and "through" etc are VERY reminiscent of Sylvia Plath's voice when she was reading her poetry, it's that whole level of poise...and there IS a certain level of sophistication to her stuff beyond her 16-years-old-ness, those songs are so amorphous and strange that I think she has that same internal-logic to her music that Tori Amos has...anyhow. So I'm excited to hear her 3rd or 4th album...by then she'll be shattering small planets with her music, I'm sure of it.
Recommended first album:
afraid of me is her first full-length release
1999—Abaton Book Co. (100 Gifford Avenue Jersey City, New Jersey 07304 U.S.A.)—Abaton 001
See Abaton Book Co.'s website for availability
Moderate, though recommended for the lovers of the edgy and offbeat. (12/00, neal)
Marianne Nowottny—vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion
Mark Dagley—analog tape loop on 1 track, second keyboard on 1 track, Hawaiian guitar on 1 track, tape montage on 1 track, fuzz keyboards on 1 track
Marianne's album is one of my very favorite records now...I've realized after listening to the album for 9 months that her lyrics really are much more mature and detailed than I first thought...
1999—Abaton Book Co. (100 Gifford Avenue Jersey City, New Jersey 07304 U.S.A.)
it's a holiday themed 7"—a side "jesus-in-a-jiffy;" b-side "sequin serenade". it was apparently recorded all on august 21st, 1999.
2001—Abaton Book Co. (100 Gifford Avenue Jersey City, New Jersey 07304 U.S.A.)—abaton 006
See Abaton Book Co. website for availability
Marianne Nowottny—vocals, electronic keyboard, electronic effects, piano, harmonium, electronic percussion, drums, percussion, wooden flute, electric slide guitar, "noise" guitar, bass guitar, New York Street recording, sound effects, power tools
Mark Dagley—percusson on 2 tracks, Spanish guitar on 1 track
Very strange. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Marianne Nowottny did the original score for Abaton Book Company's audio drama, Provocative Dramas by Arch Oboler (2011)
Thanks to Neal Copperman for work on this entry.
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