RECENT PRESS

REVIEWS

Love Songs review at ​​​Fluid Radio, by Nathan Thomas

"There’s a lot of silence on “Love Songs”. Rather than batter you with noise hammers right from the get-go, Soddell chooses very gradual fade-ins, or sudden bursts seemingly coming from nowhere. Were I the type to hear every sound as a metaphor, I suppose I’d say that this mirrors the ways in which pressure can slowly build up in a relationship between two people, or how deeply repressed feelings can suddenly explode given the right trigger. Or perhaps these forms are intended to represent the “insidiousness” of the abuse that Soddell wishes to meditate on. Either way, the results are striking and unexpected: the silence increases the perceived aggression or pathos of the noise, while the noise attenuates the blankness of the silence, filling it with its own void.
Love Songs review + interview on A Closer Listen, by Richard Allen

"Soddell’s first release was 2004’s Intimacy ~ a title which now seems ironic as well.  The power of her music is its dynamic range.  Fond of both silence and dissonance, she pushes each to its limits.  In some tracks, she builds gradually to levels of intense viscosity; in others, she allows discord to interrupt.  Her music seems to seethe even when it is silent, like a dormant volcano.  There are no words in these pieces, but there are voices, mangled beyond recognition like unheard pleas." ​​

Love Songs review on Dark Entries (in Dutch), by Paul Van de gehuchte

"Dit moet zowat de meest zwartgallige en woeste expressie zijn van een cyclus liefdesliedjes die tot op heden is gemaakt."

Love Songs review at Cyclic Defrost

"‘Love Songs’, her latest work published on the Australian imprint Room40, is provoking above everything else. WIth just a handful of remarks I tried to convey a complex spectrum of reactions into words. Same as her use of musique concrète techniques, erasing sound distinctiveness until it’s own identity transforms and turns unrecognizable, an unidentifiable response arises from the subconscious while listening to it. You might not always be prepared for it.

I’m still trying to decide which way the listening experience fulfills the brain on a deeper level, if closing the eyes (Thembi actually performs in total darkness), or watching the surreal videos by Vanessa Godden that were made for the release. Closing the eyes I would be in front of my own subconscious and facing the consequences, with the videos I’d be witnessing a torment that seems to have come from a young and inspired David Lynch."

Love Songs review on Badd Press Blog

Love Songs review on Sodapop Webzine by Massimo Onza (in Italian)

INTERVIEWS


Cyclic Selects: Discussing 10 artists of influence, including Verónica Mota, Diana Deutsch, Diamanda Galas, Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Francisco López, Maria Chavez, Missy Elliot, Eliane Radigue, Robert Lepenik and Camille Norment.

Interview about Held Down, Expanding at Abbotsford Convent

Chain DLK: Interview about Love Songs

ARTICLES/ANNOUNCMENTS

​​ Love Songs album announcement on Tiny Mix Tapes

"Love Songs represents the most recent strange fruits of her labors, and it’ll be available April 12 from the Room40 in all of it’s glorious unrelenting darkness. According to the press release, this Musique concrète-oriented “work of extreme dynamics and intensities” is “easily the clearest articulation of her methodologies,” amounting to nothing less than “one of the most fierce sonic expressions to be delivered from an Australian artist in recent years.”"

Erasure video release on The Quietus

"The title Love Songs is a little dark humour on my behalf," Soddell explains. "As the compositional process evolved the work became a meditation on the lived experience of insidious forms of abuse within supposedly loving relationships, in connection to certain forms of mental illness. These experiences are ones of extremes and emotional intensities; the tensions between horror, beauty, rage, desire, confusion, love and perceptual annihilation.""

Stream of Love Songs at Self-Titled Magazine, with track by track commentary.

"With a wildly experimental sound that stops and starts without warning—gathering momentum like a looming electrical storm or poorly contained pressure cooker—it’s both disorienting and deeply disturbing. The composer is especially skilled at harnessing the raw power of silence, to the point where you’re unsure if this thing’s even on. It most certainly is. In fact, it’s only a matter of time before distant frequencies come into focus once again, gnashing their teeth and obliterating everything in their path."

Who Am I Anyway? The Art of Discovering the Self at MOFO, on The Music, by Tim Byrne

"Is art for the artist or their audience? Tim Byrne meets two sonic pioneers — sound artist Thembi Soddell and Scot Cotterell of Evil Goat —  who are thrashing their own path through the status quo of the listener."