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    Eleven Pond – “Assemblage” – [Dark Entries]

    Rochester NY, 1987…five piece ice-wave pop. This is their
    sophomore effort which was cryogenically kept from the public
    until Dark Entries pried the lid off it. I can see how these
    gents could listen then to music at that time, and wonder why
    they weren’t we getting strangelove from MTV? Peppy bass lines
    prominent on tracks, like a New Order dance mix. Enough guitar
    for those who were still saluting rawk (here we have even some
    six string solos which most android analogs would forsake) but
    the synth is definitely what drives the songs here. That appears
    to be a main change from their debut “Bas Relief.” Synth here is
    skillfully employed. Minimal Wave flags will fly on “Blood Ruins
    Film” (as they did for “Watching Trees” which was on a comp
    earlier and turns up here in demo form). On “Gold and Green”
    the band and vocalist James Tabbi grab at the brass anthem ring
    but the slick moves subside for a great broken down ending.
    I preferred the “Kiss by the Hotel DeVille” track (a sonic take
    on Robert Doisneau’s famous photo) and the harmonized vocals
    over the swing beat of “The Stain.” The band evidently had a
    programmed machine *plus* electronic drums at the time they
    broke up, and I think Tim Masick is on “The Stain” hammering
    a byte more insistence into that cut. Cool stuff, lyrics a
    bonus and printed too. By the way, this is another example for
    the eventual KFJC Mayhem Special showcasing US bands singing
    with UK accents.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 30, 2013 at 11:26 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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