8/10 Mike Staff review, 24 May 2012
Yek Koo is the alias of Metal Rouge's Helga Fassonaki, and this LP is vaguely dedicated to NZ weirdos Dead C, with a couple of samples of theirs popping up over the course of the record, and an overarching style which isn't too dissimilar to theirs, based around repetition and physicality swathed in weird womby reverb.
It's quite a quiet pressing so you've got to turn it right up, but when you do you've got all sorts of insistent clanks and washes of ethereal melody. In 'Bye Bye Blackbird' it heads into full-on repeato-ambient territory, with a long passage which sounds like a group of people banging insistently on metal pipes over a boomy, unpredictable bass pulse. I prefer it when there's a bit of melody kept in there, though, like the weird fuzzed out spooky times of 'Rose the Provider' with its mystically chuntering guitar and distant, unhinged howls and soft, buried drum groove. Pretty far out.
Flip it and the other side is mostly taken up with a lengthy piece which mostly features an overdriven guitar playing around slowly and deliberately, allowing chords and notes to resonate and develop into crunchy drones alongside barely-present beats and ethereal vocals to unsettling and minimal effect for ages and ages, before closer 'King of My Heart' actually has bass, drums and vocals, making it the closest this collection gets to a conventional “song”, which is to say not very conventional at all. This is an awkward, brittle, muddy record, like if Dirty Beaches dropped their pop side and went for mega-slow experimental psych weirdness instead. Unusual.
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