Belgium?s mistress of the Casio, Eva van Deuren, has captured the attention of those orifice-obsessed Canadian scuzz-lords who run the Beniffer Editions label. There?s only one logical outcome: a cassette swathed in a gloriously noggin-twisting assemblage of packaging material and brimming with an assortment of deftly manipulated reverberations.
The cassette gets off to a somewhat frenzied start with the prolonged destruction of a collection of mysterious stringed instruments. Anguished shrieking devolves into outright compliance, and then to silence. The onslaught over, van Deuren repents, eulogizing the pile of wood and string with a gorgeously mud-caked organ piece.
Further listening reveals the diverse range of sound that van Deuren manages to squeeze out of her sparse instrumentation. A maelstrom of chiming starbursts immediately follows a collage of low frequency percussive pulses. There isn?t a constant theme running throughout; a series of moods is presented ? turbulent, meditative, impassioned, and ambivalent. But it?s this ability to cast a wide net, to capture and manipulate such a variety of tones that allows van Deuren to create engaging music. 8/10 -- Bryon Hayes (26 September, 2007)