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God Is My Co-Pilot
Illusion of Secrecy
Dark Beloved Cloud

God Is My Co-Pilot
When This You See Remember Me
Dark Beloved Cloud

“Su Vot Esta Su Voz” and “We Signify” [from Illusion of Secrecy] are presented as a jukebox single. Therefore, it has no sleeve or cover, just a pullout foldout sheet complete with cryptic-looking messages in English and in foreign tongue. This New York City band is pieced together with Craig Flanagan’s jagged, reggaelike guitar, abounding multiperson percussion, deep roving bass, and a God Is My Co-Pilot first: cello. The singer Sharon Topper’s vocals are sung in Yiddish or Finnish or some other hopelessly obscure language. God Is My Co-Pilot is best described as chaos, mayhem, and jazzed-up noise with a feminist bent. Two songs, two minutes, a pretty wild time.

When This You See Remember Me contains five songs. “Frauen U Nichtfrauen” reminds me of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Peekaboo,” only this tune sounds like it was recorded in a big metal trash can. The bass growls like a hungry bear. “Can’t Stop Now” is a carnival ride with Sharon Topper smugly singing, “Gonna get what I want / then I want more.” The rest of the songs are as much fun as automobile accidents.

Originally published in Ink Nineteen in April 1994.

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