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BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Born in the United Kingdom of Portuguese parents, Dawn Mendonça is an artist who has experimented with painting, photography, writing and music.

Musically, Dawn expresses herself through the alter ego Idiot Queen, a monicker under which she explores electronic sounds, experimenting with collage, dissonance and repetition.

Her songs are slow and sombre and are built around electronic loops mixed with samples of acoustic instruments, creating repetitive structures and simple, sometimes almost childlike, melodies.

Dawn's voice speaks and whispers more than it sings, and, sometimes, Laurie Anderson, Anne Clarke or Antye Greie (AGF) come to mind. Love and loss, the absurd and the divine are the broad themes Dawn-as-Idiot Queen explores in this release for MiMi Records.

Bill Rivers and Frederic Choudin lend their voices to the tracks “The Sun Will Set and Never Rise” and “Amour”, respectively.

João M. Gonçalves




DESIGN: Dawn Mendonça



REVIEWS: Dawn Mendonça is a member of a focused, small art collective know as the Idiot Society in which she reigns as Idiot Queen. While not initially sounding as a glamorous title it takes but a single listen to her latest recorded works to realize her position of royalty is a well deserved and earned one while the label of “idiot” is apparently all tongue in cheek. The musical moniker of painter, photographer, musician Dawn Mendonça, Idiot Queen, has been compared to both Laurie Anderson and Anne Clark. As a musical artist she explores electronic sounds and dabbles in collage, dissonance and cleverly crafted repetition. The songs and musical yarns are built out of electronics, sampled acoustic instruments, looped samples, and a vocal quality closer to storytelling than singing. “Love and loss, the absurd and the divine are the broad themes Idiot Queen explores in this release for MiMi Records” (continue...)
auricular.com (06.2012)


The musical moniker of painter, photographer, musician Dawn Mendonça, Idiot Queen, has been compared to both Laurie Anderson and Anne Clark. As a musical artist she explores electronic sounds and dabbles in collage, dissonance and cleverly crafted repetition. The songs and musical yarns are built out of electronics, sampled acoustic instruments, looped samples, and a vocal quality closer to storytelling than singing. “Love and loss, the absurd and the divine are the broad themes Idiot Queen explores in this release for MiMi Records”.

Idiot Queen initially presents as having the qualities of many similar past experimental releases, primarily due to the somewhat rudimentary quality of the looped rhythms and synth patches coupled with breathy and disembodied “spoken” word. While simple in technique, the structure of her tracks are compelling enough to not fall into the realm of ridiculous retro and this release is far from a throw away effort standing far above many similar attempts within this genre’s past.
NETLABELISM (01.2013)



 

 

EDITION : Mi194
ARTIST : idiot Queen
TÍTLE : idiot Queen
TYPE : Album
TIME : 44'00"'
GENRE : Electronica

TRACKLIST :

01. Quando passas por mim   [ DOWNLOAD ]
02. Rapid as a bird   [ DOWNLOAD ]
03. Amour   [ DOWNLOAD ]
04. One sorry soldier   [ DOWNLOAD ]
05. Rendering to one   [ DOWNLOAD ]
06. The Sun Will Set and Never...   [ DOWNLOAD ]
07. I Wish I Could Sing Jazz like...   [ DOWNLOAD ]
08. Banjo manjo   [ DOWNLOAD ]
09. I'm Mutable and a Mutant   [ DOWNLOAD ]
10. Perhaps in Bits and Pieces   [ DOWNLOAD ]


>> All tracks   [ DOWNLOAD ]


>> Cover  

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