Album Review

Elklink – “Rise of Elklink, The” – [Kye]

abacus   8/7/2012   12-inch, A Library

Reissue of 1999 cassette release under Polyamory with Graham Lambkin of Shadow Ring collaborating with Adris Hoyos of Harry Pussy (also joined by Tim Goss from S.R. on one track). This was recorded around the same time as the last Shadow Ring LPs and has a lot of similar experimentation going on. A meaningless monologue manifesto descends into vocal vexations and oral oddities with multi-layered vocal concrete musings and morphings. Anatomical anomalies and intestinal gesticulations emerging from the mouths of these depraved ear-molesters: all sorts of slurping, squirting and groans; lip-smacking whispers and consonant crashing mumbles. Uneasy moments of quiet and silence challenge our patience, whether with sporadic cuts as on trk 3, or sleepy snoring that just drops to tape hiss for the last 30 secs of??trk 4. Satanic not in the sense of darkness and doom, or even the searing misanthropia we would expect from scream-queen Hoyos, rather through a sense of irrevocable dementia and sinister silliness. This is especially apparent with occasional intercom voices and telephone ringing that drops in out of nowhere. Words, as unintelligible as they are, only appear again on trk 6??with some prattling poetry, and then some broken ??static and gentle cooing to close this severely disorienting release.

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