Walter & Sabrina Play Pop; Walter & Sabrina Play Classical
Label: Danny Dark
Like a chorus of eunuchs standing over you on your deathbed sending you off to hell with jews harp and squalid tunes from children’s plays—or like outtakes from a Diamanda Galas Mass, in which the choir tries to have fun with the libretto to keep from killing themselves-- Walter & Sabrina makes us fear them and fear for ourselves on “We Sing For the Future.” The title track is a cover of the Cornelius Cardew piece (CC being Walter’s father and huge influence) which sets the stage for a whimsically somber meditation on the horror of war and the seeming carefree ignoring of war until the horror is too huge to ignore. “Sad Days/Bad Days,” “What Have We Done” and “Our Sometimes Fathers” round out this short but emotionally disorienting set, with the occasional guitar, sax, cello and piano joining that haunting chorus in its relentless search for form in the midst of chaos. Walter and Sabrina are not ones to shy away from the horrific, but they do so more to hold up a mirror than to wallow in the excess. This a moral work that doesn’t preach, nor care to. “We Sing For the Future” is a record to ponder, run from, then ponder some more. They are merely worried about and pissed off by these ugly times, and are fearless in their facing that ugliness. The hope they offer is that one at least become aware of the mess we’re in; reaching out or in is up to the listener.
Cat. number: DD 1113