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    Ellard, Tom – “80’s Cheesecake” – [Dark Entries]

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    Culled from two 1982 cassettes, Ellard was a brain working
    outside the body of the Severed Heads. Jump to today and a
    modern meme, Ellard had seen copies of the original Cheesecake
    eBaying about for horrific prices, so that helped spur him
    to reissue the work granted with some help from Josh of Dark
    Entries, who thankfully also persuaded Ellard to include
    some of the trashier passion (plenty of barking dogs to
    bite off the second side). Samples are strewn throughout,
    radio and TV speaking tongues; all captured (and not so
    easily) with tape and splicing, and panning/potting and
    other mad scientist work. Things today that might have
    an app on your infant’s iBib, were a lot messier then.
    (And to be fair, it appears Ellard may have post-processed
    three of the tracks on the first side, although post-milennial
    equipment was fed only vintage sources. Willful drum machines
    and other analog anicents, get hammered into herky-jerky
    rhythms, built from scratch. Ellard may have found his own
    Bush of Ghosts in Australia. It’s not just the samples, but
    the clutterfunk, and dirty sweet industrial. “The Ritualistic”
    features a detached lecture juxtaposed with a wafting siren
    snippet. Ecstacy in clinical and more physical forms! Another
    contrast between the end of side 1 and the start of side 2,
    both jump-cut upbeat, but “These Are The Words” more smooth
    and sinewy, with bassline and some coherence, while the “Word”
    on side 2, blitzes and fritzes out excellently. Even before
    the big thick quick oscillations strike, it’s a scattered
    series of torn transmissions. “Cross” speaks to the danger
    and promise of accidents, “almost hit by an ambulance.” Ellard
    manages to dodge a similar risk here, in rescuing old sounds,
    he did not kill them at all. Didn’t remember the 80’s
    tasting this good.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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