Generica is Elephant Micah’s new album: the title mashes together ‘generation’ / ‘genre’ and ‘America’ / ‘Americana’, resulting in a jumbled-up suite of sounds, made with an array of second-hand idiosyncratic gear, including a tape deck, some Hindustani synths, and a digital synth made with Elephant Micah’s brother. Intuitive feels throughout.
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This immediately sounds like the most interesting work of Joe O’Connell’s career. A record that considers the wide-open compass possibilities of Americana, ‘Genericana’ is the most experimental Elephant Micah record made, a strange, haunting, plaintive, harrowing, spited record that of course serves as a chaotic indictment of Trump’s America. On The opening “Surf”, O’Connell loops crashing waves against warping keyboards and his own voice, echoing out to fade. He sounds like Bill Callahan broken into a thousand tiny pieces.
It’s called ‘Genericana’ because the music is part generated. Alongside his acoustic fumblings and brushed drumstrokes, O’Connell utilises tape decks and oscillating synths, creating a kind of naturalistic ambiance in which his folk music can languish. It’s less singer-songwriter and more droner-lamenter, his vocals carrying the wandering, isolated vibe of a traditional, carried by peculiar patches of sound.
It’s a joy to listen to, really: O’Connell is still O’Connell, and tunes still find retreat in twangy melodies, but there’s an unexpected jumble of ideas here, suggesting Elephant Micah is as affected by our worldly disturbance as the rest of us. Because what is Americana, now -- is it a little grittier, a little more loathsome? “Life” is a distorted mess that sounds like the punkier Mount Eerie records; it feels right, somehow, to hear that sound coming out on this album of new view country music.
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