2012/01/30

INTERNATIONAL TAPES - “it hurts (kapar)” REVIEW!!!!

http://www.internationaltapes.com/reviews/toth-kina-hegyfalu-it-hurts-kapar/

Tóth Kína Hegyfalu is the Budapest, Hungary based duo of Kinga Toth and Gergely Normal. The pair has a strong performance art bent, with Gergely’s sparse, often minimalist instrumentation serving as counterpoint and complement to Kinga’s poetry, which takes the form of aggressive growls, and wails. Gergely also contributes the artwork for the releases, which also reflect the ever present themes of alienation and violence. Tollasbál represents a fervent desire to capture the disruptively awkward and often unsettling feel of an art house performance. Standing in contrast to most of the record, “it hurts (kapar)” forcefully prods the listener into an uncomfortable state with thick slices of noise and distorted vocals, rather than leading them there via teases and the occasional backhanded threat. It’s a sludgy oil slick of guitar that’s definitely not easy listening, though it is rewarding in its own very specific and slightly sadomasochistic way.