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Studio Recordings 2008-2018

by Marianne Nowottny and Her All American Band

"It's like when someone's won and everyone's celebrating."
Genre: Pop: Garage Pop
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1. Love Is Just a Dream
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2. Wagon Wheel
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3. When I'm Down
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4. Mr. So and So
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5. Popcorn's First Christmas
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6. Ain't Gonna Be Pretty
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7. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
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8. Nickels
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9. Cherry Blossoms
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10. Nothing Comes from Nothing
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11. Danny's Song
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12. Quicksand
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13. Cherries and Hennessy
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14. Robot Baby
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What they are saying...

Debut release by the new trio led by this former teen terror, now ten years into her trajectory. The group is Mark Dagley (of the Girls and Hi Sherriffs fame) and Sterling Krusing of Flaming Fire. As with most of Marianne's work, this teeters between weirdness and 'mershness with extreme unction, Her voice remains breathily appealing, but the look and sound of this makes me think of an earlier generation of oddball female vocalists.
Byron Coley, The Wire #297

And so to the precocious talent of New Jersey musician Marianne Nowottny and her All American Band. Nowottny has been high on the radar of the avant garde pop scene since her debut full length ’Afraid of me’ caught everyone on the back foot with their pants around their ankles. Several years on and several full lengths down the line - all of which we are unimpressed with ourselves to report have passed us by, London / Oslo imprint Sad Gnome (home of My Name is Red, Remodel, the Ne’er do Wells et al…) have teamed up with New Jersey imprint Abaton Book Company (home of Ms Nowottny) for this European outing. Comprising four tracks Nowottny and Co are like a bolt out of the blue, admittedly last time we heard a record this cleverly dippy and crookedly ablaze with an unhinged though crafted pop sensibility was the Knife’s debut full length. Non more so is this the case than on the breathlessly chilled ‘ain’t gonna be pretty’ - in our view the sets best moment with its shimmying waves of celestial chorus’ and lilting streamlined and cruise like lunatic cycles. There’s no doubting that Ms Nowottny finds ease in balancing her sophisticated brand of coalescing electro funk drilled r’n’b with any manner of melodic genre bending she cares to apply to her aural collages, each of these four cuts slyly reveal the differing sides to her creative persona though obviously very much moulded with a strict purist pop sensibility. The opening cut ‘all over the world’ is unfailing in its attraction as it softly evolves and metamorphs seductively to lily hop between trippy daydream hazes of crooked calypso corteges pepper corned subtly with 80’s string motifs into a softly stirring shanty like beauty that’s both exotic and inebriated recalling at times the debut outings from Toshack Highway. Delivered in German and apparently radically rewired ’Mr So & So’ initially featured on an earlier full length, here given a freakish and skittish electro funk workout very much recalling to mind Nina Hagen and the early career flip sides of Propaganda albeit as though shimmying up to Yello. Wrapping up the set ’love is just a dream’ initially starts out decidedly fractured and wiringly ominous before managing to surface to morph sweetly into a smoking babe that draws its essence from the celebrated electro clash end of the musical spectrum - think of a sultry styled Cobra Killer with disco boots on. We need to hear more do ya hear…
Mark Barton, (losingtoday)

Coming over like The Knife hijacked by the Moldy Peaches and stored in a dank disco cellar with Stephin Merritt, this EP boasts four avant-pop nuggets as daringly original as anything else I’ve heard this year. Nowottny has shifted her difficult harridan like dirges for voice and keys into a micro-universe populated by frenetic fuzzed-up frolics, toy town electronics and devilishly delectable vocals. Closing number, Love Is Just A Dream, is Blondie’s Atomic for every librarian and ragged trousered philanthropist who never had the chance to say “I love you”. This is what that last Magnetic Fields album shoulda sounded like.
Spencer Grady, Record Collector #355

Known to some as 'the lost star of Antifolk', so get thee to thy shopping basket lest the little chap putting it out chows down on a toadstool, or something.
Jesse Darlin': Rollicking, much?
kicking_k: It's like we're right there with her. No alienating studio trickery here. I like the assemblage of sounds which serves as a backing band. Steel drums, whistle, that rattly percussion thing...
Jesse: A groove, though. Somewhat bizarrely.
Ringo P Stacey: This is music made of crinoline.
David McNamee: I have some affection for her being in the first ever issue of the first magazine that eventually became the magazine we're writing for now.
Jesse: It's a bit flat though, in places? I know that's a total no-no, to criticise anti-folkers for singing flat. But still.
Kick: Like she only just realised she was about to be recorded, or she's doing if for the first time. She WORKED for that flatness.
David: If I wasn't listening to this for the first time, I'd either really love or hate it. But right now I don't know which it would be. It's making me thing of Mario Kart, abstractly.
Jesse: Louis says "it's like when someone's won and everyone's celebrating."
Kick: The nostalgia of the race replay. Is there any more potent modern emotion?
David: As a metaphor for love? I don't know.
The Singles Club, Plan B Magazine #38
(Single of the month - kicking_k)

Anders MARIANNE NOWOTTNY, die mit der ALL AMERICAN BAND ihre erste Veröffentlichung jenseits des Großen Teichs feiern kann. Die 4-track-EP gibt's bei Sad Gnome Records (Oslo/London) nur auf Vinyl und jedes Stück bekräftigt mich darin, diese Frau für eines der am meisten ignorierten Talente in der FreakFolkScene zu halten. Weniger sperrig als früher und inkl. des deutsch gesungenen "Mr. So & So".
Karsten Zimalla, Westzeit [link]

Split. Banana split. Mentre sottopongo il mio vecchio mangiadischi Penny arancione a un restauro casalingo, poiché quello serio ma datato ha bisogno di un restauro più complesso, ebbene penso a come, sulla base di una materia semplice e uniforme [come in fondo è la banana], si possa erigere un insieme di sovrastrutture sonore.
Questa è l’alchimia di Marianne Nowottny, materia grezza pù materia sintetica, fusione, amalgama. Artigianale, home made e low-budget l’estrazione, sintetica e sperimentale la direzione, proprio come potrebbe suonare un pic-nic rudimentale e semplice improvvisato su due metri quadri di prato sintetico. Anche in questa release in vinile composta da quattro brani Marianne è supportata nell’esercizio dalla All American Band, ovvero Mark Dagley e Stirling Krusing, due complici folli vestiti di fantasie kitsch dai colori patriottistici. Il Penny ingurgita il vinile e rigetta suoni toytronici con ‘All Over The World’, candida e insidiosamente ingenua, abbellita dall’esotismo di un ukulele, segue sulla dolce spuma melodica ‘Ain’t Gonna Be Pretty’, a dar prova dell’efficacia delle tecniche combinatorie di Marianne. Deliziosa. La versione in tedesco di ‘Mr So & So’ è una vera follia, nel senso più benigno del termine; espelle una tragicomica attitude al gusto di cabaret germanico e polveri elettroniche al sapore di vecchi videogiochi, una vera e propria miscela granulare space-sonica che corre su rotaie affilate. Rigurgiti con note di testa electropop per l’ammiccante ‘Love Is Just A Dream’ che riesce a far muovere anche qualche passo. Ancora un’ottima prova per la boss e la sua gang del New Jersey. Che agiti pure i pom-pons in aria!
Marianna Notarangelo, Nerds Attack



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