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Cesspool Presents, Grief Barbie: You Could Have Lived With Us

Album review by Victoria A.

Cesspool is an institution in the NYC experimental scene, churning out danceable smears of sound at parties and clubs for 10 years. They base their sound in artifice, taking instruments and the human voice and reprogramming them to the effect of running something through google translate 100 times until unrecognizable. The "they" of Cesspool became a "she" after the sudden and tragic death of one of the members. Out of that horror came Grief Barbie. It is a raw, devastating, and still weirdly danceable exploration of grief, friendship, guilt, queerness, and sisterhood that elevates experimental music to emotional heights rarely achieved. If you like electro, noise, or just albums by sad girls about death, it is worth a listen.

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