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WOODEN VEIL

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WOODEN VEIL have been together since 2007 but they aren't so much a band as a multinational art collective whose music merely serves as an adjunct to their total art-practice. Based in Berlin, the individual members have collaborated with a number of underground bands but music is just one manifestation of their many-sided interests. The ensemble features German artist/writer/filmmaker Marcel TÜRKOWSKY and Japanese musician/artist and former geisha Hanayo (NAKAJIMA), along with fellow artists/writers Dominik NOÉ, Czech Jan PFEIFFER and American performer Christopher KLINE.

They draw comparisons with the rural art colonies of old, Shinto theatre, the avant-garde films of Alejandro JODOROWSKY and the performance art of Yves KLEIN. From this creative melting pot of influences they have crafted their own cult of rituals, shrines, talismans, robes and masks. These exotica, along with sinister conceptual videos, abstracted exhibitions and other happenings, help to create a mystique around WOODEN VEIL. Their self-titled debut album of 2009 was apparently recorded at various installations in order for the tracks to absorb the specific characteristics of each new place, and the music is arguably at its most coherent in the context of their performance-exhibitions.

In spite of the low priority that WOODEN VEIL give their own music, it offers a provocative and challenging synthesis of psychedelic industrial music and chaotic acoustic-based folk. Stark electronic departures and crude shamanic beats (performed on improvised percussion instruments) provide a backcloth for uncommon collisions of glockenspiel, banjo, hammer dulcimer, Jew's harp and zither. The album is currently available in LP/CD format and as a digital download. Similar artists in the database include early AMON DÜÜL, ANIMA-SOUND and EMTIDI.

- seventhsojourn

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