I’m clearly becoming infatuated with Cosey Fanni Tutti. Whether it’s part of Chris & Cosey, or Carter Tutti, or any of the other permutations, I find the blend of Chris Carter’s soundscapes and the dreaminess of her voice to be perfect companions, both to one another as well as to me as I sit and listen. In fact I’m dangerously close to going down a Cosey rabbit hole and buying up all of her stuff that I can get my hands on, which could be a dangerous proposition given that I’ll be in London in a few weeks time.
Technø Primitiv was the duo’s fourth full-length album (♠), a somewhat somber dance record, a languid sonic dream sequence that turns the listener back into themselves, Cosey’s voice like a guru’s mantra allowing you to slowly slide into another state of consciousness. The oddest twist on the album comes at the end of side A. The second-to-last song is “Haunted Heroes”, a serious ambient number that replaces her vocals with what I believe to be a war veteran describing some of his experiences, his voice distant but clear. That’s immediately followed by the sugary “Stolen Kisses”, the closest thing on Technø Primitiv to a true pop song. The contrast between the two is palpable and a bit startling when “Stolen Kisses” first begins.
Technø Primitiv is the kind of good that can cause a paradigm shift in how you think about music. I’ve been flirting with more and more electronic and dance music recently, and this may just be the gentle shove I needed to jump into the deep end of the pool.
(♠) As near as I can tell, at least… sometimes with artists that constantly put out albums with name variations it can be difficult to tell.