Album: FB02
Author: eskaton
Publication: Chain D.L.K.
Date: 1/18/2007

Coil has noted that their equipment is just as much a member of the band as the people. They called the entity that inhabited their equipment ELpH. Now imagine that ELpH met Erasure?s studio and they started dating. This is what their courtship would sound like. The promo sheet that came with this disc proclaims, ?A new vision for American Music.? Maybe not, but certainly interesting. Warm drones and analogue blips mesh to make a satisfying whole.

?Silence of Mute? is a track that would be right at home in some futuristic Bugs Bunny cartoon - whimsical, with moments of action.

?Triumph of the Analogue Age? begins chaotic and noisy, as if someone was completely misusing a Prophet 5, but then becomes a bit more subdued. After the more sedate tracks, this one makes you sit up and take notice.

There are only five tracks on this disc (the unlabeled ones are just 4 seconds tracks of analogue blips and silence). In general, they all would sound at home in 1950?s Sci-fi movies (I would love to see a collaboration between Rothkamm and Stelladrine for this).

An interesting disc but how could we expect anything less from a self-proclaimed polymath (person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study) who has, according to the bio sheet, appeared in Playboy in 1991, playing an instrument of his own creation (IFORMM), which, according to the CD notes, is ?tuned to 768-frequencies-per-octave, a scale so delicate that you may be able to detect the silent architectures of a parallel universe?? We couldn?t.

Rated: 4 out 5 stars

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