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Ela Orleans teams up with noise dude Skitter for LP on Clan Destine.
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Here’s a team I’ve seen before. Experimental dreampop bon vivant Ela Orleans and experimental noise tinkerer Liam “Skitter” Stefani did a very limited 3” CD a couple of years back with some shivery noisescapes on it so I have a certain idea of what to expect from this one. The LP format gives them a chance to stretch out their ideas and develop a more intricate and fully realised soundworld than they could in the brief previous release, with each side of the LP revolving around a title track which comes in two 12-minute segments, each bookended by two song-length pieces.
It’s dark ambient soundscaping with a lo-fi edge, with Orleans contributing violin, keyboards, synthesizer, samples and vocals, and Skitter chipping in with cassettes, computer and radio. The vocals tend to be wordless crooning, chopped up and echoed and blurred almost beyond recognition, while tape dirt and backwards rumbles, violin shudders and crackling radio static all melt together with dystopian robotic synths. Sometimes it’s heavily layered and chaotic, other times it grooves loosely on awkward drum machine beats while the synths and violin and computer splutter details overhead. If you’re used to Orleans in her dreampop mode then prepare for something altogether more experimental and uneasy - maybe think her ‘NEO PI-R’ material with a touch of Coil, a soupcon of Nurse With Wound and a splash of Decimus - but if you like bold, adventurous dark ambience then I recommend you don't overthink it and dive right in!
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