Gustav–One Hand Mona

I’ll be the first to admit that my musical tastes aren’t always the most varied.  So if you told me that I’d be able to love an Austrian, feminist, electronic solo project, I’d probably laugh in your face.  Enter Gustav.  This standout track from 2007’s Rettet die Wale ratchets up the tension for nearly ten increasingly discordant minutes.  What’s not to love about this menacing folktale of a one-armed wife sending mail bombs as revenge on the two-armed patriarchy?  Tense, uncomfortable and totally riveting, it evokes the same dread as Kronos Quartet’s Black Angels and Broadcasts’s stellar work on Berberian Sound Studio, all while preserving a viable catchiness.

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