With a human face
Everyone except me
Knows exactly why they’re here
The order of life is transparent
An ant farm between two plates of glass
There’s no unemployment office in this town
No old folks home either
The common workers sleep in barracks
If they lose their jobs they lose their beds
In the long subarctic winter
The human moles
Digging the underground powerhouses
See the sun only once a week
The pay is fabulous
But there’s nothing to spend it on.
Joe Monk: clarinet, backing vocal, signal processing, voice
Vanita Monk: keyboard, voice
Pierre Verbeek: lead vocal, cello, voice
Ruslan Amirinsky: soprano saxophone, recorder, voice
Henk van Schaik: tenor saxophone, voice
Mariette Kleisen: tenor saxophone, clarinet, voice
Miriam Siebenstädt: baritone saxophone, voice
Mira Uršić: violin, voice
Peter Sterk: voice
Victor Suy Bio Snijtsheuvel: electric guitar (track #1)
Willy Bakker: backing vocal (track #1)
Recorded in December 2003 and January 2004
at the Jazz Bunker and the Poortgebouw, Rotterdam.
Recorded by Pierre Verbeek and Joe Monk.
Mixed, mastered and produced by Joe Monk.
Front cover photograph: Frances Densmore and Blackfoot leader Mountain Chief at the Smithsonian Institution in 1916, during a recording session for the Bureau of American Ethnology. Photographer unknown (Public Domain).
The mallet percussionist and improviser's solo debut is flush with nostalgic melodies and stirring dissonances—a rich, experimental universe well worth exploring. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 15, 2021