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Zwarte Vijvers (Tape)

Label: Next Festival Records

Format: Tape

Genre: Experimental

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*In process of stocking.* The album consists of two tracks that shows Èlg’s excellent capacity to blend songs, improvisation and music concrete in one sonic cocktail which can be digested either as a cassette or digital.

Recorded in 2018 at Next festival in Bratislava, Zwarte Vijvers is two side long pieces by Belgian singer-mangler Èlg, a consistently underrated musician who made my favourite release on Hundebiss records about ten years ago, and who collaborated with the late Ghédalia Tazartès and Jo Tanz as Reines d'Angleterre for a Bo'Weavil LP which also comes highly recommended. Sonically, Èlg and Tazartes are a good match – they operate in similar spheres of not-songs, with different geographical and generational touchpoints. Here, there's singing once removed, as if performing to an unknown audience neither in this world nor the next (despite it being a live recording to an audience in meatspace). There are murky (but not doomy) drum machines defiantly un-synced and off-beat, exploited for their percussive function but not their rhythm keeping capacity. There's a distinctive weft to his recordings, something dry and claggy and tangled, and a sense in which a performance of songs looms in a blind spot I cannot quite focus on. I love it. - Jennifer Lucy Allan, The Quietus

Cat. number: NXT004
Year: 2022

Produced and mixed by Èlg
Mastering by Rupert Clervaux
Design and layout by Matej Vojtuš 

Pink cassette with 2-panel J-Card.

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