Eastern Block Electro
TBA – aka Tusia Beridze – hails from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Anullé is her second album. I bought this album on the strength of a glowing review in Uncut that compared her sound, bizarrely it seems, with the Cocteau Twins. I may be missing something, but there is nothing of Liz Frasier’s soaring tones in Tusia Beridze’s sobre mutterings, nor is the music comparable. TBA’s sound is more kitchen-sink electro – low-fi and low-tech beats and synths that make for landscapes bleaker than a Russian winter. Tusia’s vocals are softly spoken, sometimes near-rap, streams of consciousness – think Tricky as a woman with an Eastern Block accent! There are some evocative moments, lots of desolation, but also some cringeing art school meandering. Fans of UK electonica may also find the production a bit too much of the bedroom variety, and it is hard not to see parts of the album as quite amateurish. Although in other parts the simplicity can be quite haunting, this is not evolved enough for me to warrant a recommendation.