Asymmetrical rhythms played with anything to hand, improvised vocals and gospel inspired blues guitar. This experimental album was recorded in the spirit of bricolage in a tangled spare room in 2010 by EWAH. Now re-released in 2017 with 5 bonus tracks.
Original sleeve notes:
GOSPEL DANCE is in its own world music. Recorded in the spirit of bricolage during a period when time was strangely abundant but money was not (such is the way of the Universe). E-wah, the voice and mind behind GOSPEL DANCE, would reach out and take hold of whatever was nearby; shake it, band it, grind it, pluck it, strike it, roll it, holler at it. The result is ten songs of smouldering spirituality. Rhythms that march and sometimes stumble ahead unquantised in an age of digitisation.
Percussion inspired by the world, but ascribing to no influence in particular. You will hear many characters voicing their feelings over the course of this album.
From the primally monogamous “Only Know My Way Around One Body” to the fear of a plasticised body in “I Got No Bones” to the internal battle against taking one’s own life in “Can’t Walk Out” to the vacuous hedonism of “Nobody Cares”.
GOSPEL DANCE doesn’t spell-it-out literally so much as viscerally confront the elemental influences and corporeal temptations. Bones, blood, flesh, dirt, dust, mortality and spirituality are all preoccupations of these ten songs. We hope you will enjoy GOSPEL DANCE as much as our preview audience have and find yourself taking a new and unusual spiritual journey from song 1 through to 10.
Album Review, Beat Magazine, 2011
BY JOHN DONALDSON
Gospel Dance is the new lateral venture into musical bricolage for Melbourne’s E-wah Lady. Whether she’s contributing to local label Peak Plasma Concentration Records, performing solo, being accompanied by The Open Road, blogging about all things anthropological or expressing herself through illustration; E-wah Lady will create something attention-grabbing, honest and unique.
Gospel Dance is no different. I’m Gonna Spill is an opening track centering around a seductive and soulful vocal that swells amongst simple percussion and electric guitar. It’s followed by the equally intense and emotive Only Know My Way Around One Body.
Two things stand out about Gospel Dance. Firstly, E-wah Lady has the vocal capabilities to suit her many musical temperaments and tones. Secondly, she utilises the most diverse implements and instruments for this purest of solo records.
Instead of bombarding the listener with a plethora of odd sounds derived from odd objects though, she instead selects the sounds and textures that carefully align to make poignant impacts on each individual track. The inventory includes: sleigh bells, rock, grit, red teapot, brandy bulbs, wall, eggs, zoolophone and Chinese toy piano.
Walk The Lower Ground is vocally mature while Nobody Cares offers an almost childlike falsetto; a wonderful contrast to the mesmerising, crackling turntable needle and backing vocals, gentle military drum and piano keys. I Can’t Walk Out adopts a solemn church organ as the foundation for another spirited vocal performance.
A plastic yellow bird and wine glasses accompany an acoustic guitar on Oh Wine, Oh Whine. It’s all about tinkering, fiddling and creating from what’s available; there’s no over-kill, it doesn’t complicate or confuse. Instead it’s results are delicate and articulate.
Best Track: I’m Gonna Spill
If You Like These, You’ll Like This: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea PJ HARVEY, Adalita ADALITA
In A Word: Stirring
released December 11, 2017
Performed, recorded and mixed by EWAH in 2010. Mastered by Paul Fox at Indie Masters in 2011.
Artwork by EWAH.