With spoken word, cello, and a variety of electronics, the trio that is Ectopia have new combinations to present to you. life/section sounds very much like Ectopia and not much like anything else: the synths and drum machines fall frequently into grooves, but any smoothness is disrupted by the strange vocal actions. Compelling and unusual stuff, out on Wysing Polyphonic.
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"I've been cooped up all day" it says on the spine of this unusual and sometimes unfathomable record. I know the feeling. I'm cooped up trying to work out exactly what is going on in the opener 'Office Self Harm' - it just seems to be a random, selection of voices, bits of spoken word coming through a melee. I nearly go home at that point but stick around for the cello and electronics pulse of 'Engrenages'. I really start to enjoy things on 'Sustainability' which makes me want to throw Marie and the Atom references at you (my God why hasn't anyone re-issued that stuff?). Anyway what that means is that it's chilling pulsy electronica with wandering strings and vocals that get a bit much at a couple of points but score highly on the eerie stakes.
Ectopia are then happy to be weird. Most of the vocals on the B side sound like someone having a nervous breakdown but the music is frequently gorgeous. Not for the faint hearted , closer 'Sauna' is like someone hollering randomly over Einstürzende Neubauten. Would like a 'vocal' free version.
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