I'm shocked & saddened to hear of Cynthia Dall's sudden & unexpected death, at home in Sacramento last week. As renown for her transgressive photography (showcased in Lisa Suckdog's peerless Rollerderby magazine) as her sporadic recordings (her most recent, Sound Restores Young Men, was released back in 2002), Cindy's tenure as a member of Bill Callahan's Smog culminated in what, for me, is still his finest album, 1995's Wild Love. Later that year, when Smog stopped off at Nottingham on their first international tour, I was spellbound by Cindy's luminous presence & quietly intense performance. It's an evening I've never forgotten.
Cindy's debut solo LP, 1996's Untitled, was recorded with Callahan & Jim O'Rourke & perfectly complimented the better known Wild Love. A short suite of stark low-fi confessionals, it's desolate beauty is truly haunting, & I urge you to seek it out if you've not already heard it.