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VaVatican — I Love You (Dora Lee)


I Love You (Dora Lee) is the new 38-minute opus from NYC’s VaVatican, out now on NNA Tapes. The four-piece, featuring members of Cloud Becomes Your Hand, play a blend of melted jazz, spacey electronic tweaking, and general experimentation all combined into an improvised post-something-or-other (post-jazz?). The album’s absurdist art-rock progresses through noise, ambient, electroacoustic, post-rock, and jazz passages but centers on a seemingly free-association spoken-word piece around the 13½-minute mark. This section highlights the album’s Burroughs-like cut-up approach while making the Theater of the Absurd aesthetic its most apparent quality—all that’s missing is for one of the band members to turn into a rhinoceros onstage during live performances. While tonally and thematically this forms the climax of the album, I Love You (Dora Lee) continues to build until it culminates in the final absurdity, a cover of Elvis’s I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You. If free jazz has gotten too tame for your liking, VaVatican might just be up your alley.

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