Cosey Fanni Tutti, a former dancer and performance artist, was the erotic
voice of Throbbing Gristle's industrial music,
and then the erotic voice of
Chris & Cosey's synth-pop.
Her only solo album,
Time To Tell (Flowmotion, 1983 - CTI, 1988), contains three lengthy
1982 electronic compositions originally meant to accompany her art performances.
Ritual Awakening has a slowly unfolding folkish melody that gets drained
by ominous rumbles and dissonances until only creepy drones are left.
Initially the 23-minute The Secret Touch appears to be a spoken-word
piece over multiple industrial rhythms, but an elegant transition leads to
the rhythm being hypnotically streamlined and the spoken voice being
replaced by a collage of found voices and elongated distortions; in the
third part the recitation resumes but
the throbbing (or, better, quivering) soundtrack to her erotic monologue
has now acquired strong oneiric and psychedelic qualities.
The 17-minute instrumental Time To Tell stages
gently rolling galactic drones over an ominous alien pulsation, something
in between Klaus Schulze's Irrlicht and a funereal march of androids.
This album represented the unlikely meeting of the
"music from the death factory" aesthetics with the new-age aesthetics.
The subliminal trance of this work is way more original and ambitious
than Chris & Cosey's synth-pop.
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