Welcome to the age of isolation, where withdrawn from the world, the bedroom is our cloister, The end, once nigh, is here at last in this cozy apocalypse, where we live in a highly absurdist stage performance by Geneva Jacuzzi; glorious arbiter of bedroom pop.
Lamaze is a full-length pressing of an assortment of analogue 4-track and 8-track recordings that document the development of her musical style between 2004 through 2009. The collection is referenced as an essential codex among her devotees and has become a cherished artifact among fans and collectors of pop curiosities and rarities. Lamaze is among the first lo-fi pop recordings that became part of the new music frontier’s lexicon, the “hypnagogic” jukebox— chillwave, bedroom pop, witch house, vapourwave, and more. The album, when viewed through today’s eyes, is a spiraling gateway into the fifth dimension of audacious DIY avant-garde brilliance.
Geneva Jacuzzi’s recordings from this period are largely electronic pop songs with minimalist 100 bpm dance floor tempos, decorated with ribbons of melodic airs. Geneva fiddles around with instrumentals and “soliloquies, dialogues, free vocal speech, cheerleading chants, unintelligible prattling, or onomatopoeic sounds,” she says.
Geneva’s subject matter tends to gallop around surrealism, Freudian/Jungian dreamscapes, the ecstasy and the agonies of dissociation, high drama in the astral realms, personality disorders likening to parodies of Sybil, a garish exaggeration of Beckett-esque theater of absurdity, and high goof. Her core inheritance is rooted in stage traditions, including classical Greek, Weimar-era Berlin, French mime comedy, Klaus Nomi, Nina Haagen, and Liquid Sky.
Geneva initially emerged from the last of the wild beaches in San Diego County; her art form found its direction when she arrived in Los Angeles in 2001. She formed and fronted synth-wave death-disco outfit Bubonic Plague, with members of The Warlocks and The Centimeters. “It was the last era of true weirdness, a scene populated with oddballs, slimers, masochists, sadists, greasers, pyros, witches, hustlers of every kind, danger strangers, cowboys, art dealers, actors, true weirdos, and all the creatures of freakdom,” she says.
By 2004, Geneva’s general style of music, fashion, concept art, and stage presence found sophistication. She found her way in the Echo Park art scene, centering around the Tiny Creatures gallery—recognized for the activity of artists Jason Yates, Tall Paul, Chris Kraus, Hedi El Kohlti & Semiotext(e), and the founder and owner of the gallery, Janet Kim. A music scene developed around a new label, Human Ear Music, founded by Supercreep’s Jason Grier. This was ground zero for the “new American sound,” helmed by Geneva, Holy Shit, Julia Holter, Gary Wilson, Nite Jewel, and the Softboiled Eggies.
The reissue of Lamaze is out on vinyl and streaming on February 26th, 2021 via Mexican Summer.
Order and stream here.