Ginger Leigh - "10 Stories 10 Lies"
(self-released 2002)

From Aural Innovations #21 (October 2002)

Soundtracks are just something that I rarely consider paying attention to, as they are often little more than a collection of songs that happened to appear in a movie, or they are little more than background muzak. When evaluated strictly as a listening experience they rarely hold up very well. This cd is one of the exceptions to that statement, and if it didn't say it was a soundtrack you would never know it was one. Equal parts ethnic fusion, weird industrial noise clatter, and fuzzed out distorted rock, this is a really fascinating release. It sounds like much of the percussion was created from loops of ethnic/international music, and the rest was played and added on top, and it's done perfectly. More than anything the mix of rhythm and noise brings memories of the pre-suck days of industrial music, when bands such as Blackhouse, Factrix, and SPK roamed the earth. A couple of the more percussion based tracks even bring to mind Muslim Gauze. One of the curious things is the inclusion of the New York Dolls song "Chatterbox" in its entirety, although it sounds like it was run through a echo chamber first. Maybe it's used in the film that way? The press sheet gives very little info about Ginger Leigh - I don't know if this is one person alone in front of a four track or their computer, or if this is an actual band, but in the end I guess it doesn't really matter. I dig it, and now I am kind of curious about the movie!

For more information you can visit the Ginger Leigh web site at:
Contact via snail mail c/o Ginger Leigh; PO Box 683; Artesia, CA 90702-0683.

Reviewed by Brian Faulkner

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