German electronic musician and self-styled "poemproducer" Antye Greie (aka AGF) has long loved the idea of making movies. No matter that she's a musician, not a filmmaker: Her direct, confessional lyrics have always boasted strong storylines that find drama in the mundane and the personal. Now, on the CD/DVD combo release Mini Movies, Greie's songs have an inspired reflection in the work of SF video artist Sue Costabile. The duo's tight collaborative relationship shows as Sue C. deftly mixes still and moving images in her textured, hands-on style into some fifty minutes of video that illustrate Greie's music while also telling a story of its own. On the CD, Greie reinvents an electronic R&B using clicking beats, piano, noise, and mellow bass. As for the lyrics, they're delivered in broken English with a voice that grows more powerful every time, allowing Greie's emotional revelations to push at the border between awesome and awkward. However, Greie plays her imperfection as a strength, delivering earnest music that, like her English, is beautiful because of its flaws.
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