Album Review: A Violent Narcotic by Jute

Album Name: A Violent Narcotic
Artist: Jute
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Julie Axis used to be in the brilliant My Scarlet Life. Jute has a similar trip hop meets dream-pop feel to their music. Axis” fluttery vocal is set against impressive musical vistas.

“Ephemeral” is a darkly seductive song. Axis’ sweet voice works fine against the nightmarish backdrop.

“Rising of Reason” is very reminiscent of Tricky both in music and Joe Axis’ menacing vocal. The song is good enough to have fitted in on “Maxinquaye”.

“Advent of Zero” sees the band use a cinematic feel. Julie Axis” voice is wrapped in a narcotic haze as the music undulates.

This is a fine debut for Jute who will surely find the audience they deserve.

Posted on January 6, 2003

Track Listing
1. Southern Exposure
2. Ephemeral
3. Rising of Reason
4. Free
5. Advent of Zero
6. Darksand
7. Clay
8. Vow
9. Invertebrate
10. Narcotic
11. Opium

[Jute Official Site]



Rating: 5 Stars
*****this is a great cd! the music is beautiful! it also has a video and the lyrics are given very artisically.

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