Uncompromisingly DIY, exclusively punk and very terrifying, Gazelle Twin has of course named her new record 'Unflesh'. More menacing than ever on her new record, adding an industrial vibe to her electronic palette, Gazelle Twin deliberately restrained her sound for the record in order to make something more direct and lo-fi in aesthetic.
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Following on from 2011's understated darkpop debut 'The Entire City', Elizabeth "Gazelle Twin" Bernholz (I'm sure she was called Elizabeth Walling last time round...I'm not sure if that means she's since married or divorced) returns with a Benge-produced follow-up that's quite a different beast. While the previous LP was a refined, glacial pop concoction which drew comparisons to Bjork, Zola Jesus and Portishead, 'Unflesh' is far more awkward, dark and minimal, delving into crunchy industrial techno textures, hard pulsating beats and sinister whispered vocals.
'The Belly of the Beast' is a highlight, womby techno bass pulse and crisp, clacking rhythms underpin a casually mumbled, repetitive delivery with mounting modular synth runs and weird distant wails and a heavy chorus full of layered loops and stuttering breath samples. 'Guts' is another standout with some warped demonic vocal effects and a deconstructed disco groove. 'Unflesh' feels like a real leap forward for Gazelle Twin, abandoning the more "safe" aspects of her sound for a stripped back, nightmarish techno-pop pulse.
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