100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Foetus: HideFoetus: Hide (Entopic Ents, 10/1/10)

Foetus: “Fortitudine Vincemus”
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Foetus is the best-known moniker of eclectic composer JG Thirlwell, whose multifarious recordings stretch across art rock, no wave, electronica, exotica, chamber music, big-band jazz, classical orchestrations, and much more.   His later projects — Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, and the material for The Venture Bros. TV show — have expanded his exotic instrumentals.

Hide is his first studio album as Foetus since 2005, and it’s a dense collection of operatic/melodramatic vocals, baroque frills, bombastic arrangements, and even some metal drumming.  Aside from a few electronic elements, nearly everything on Hide is organic and often performed by Thirlwell, who combines styles in a way that few others do.

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