In anticipation of Ela Orleans‘ forthcoming double LP Tumult In Clouds, to be released in mid-December (take a first listen right here), the UK-via-Poland artist’s label Clan Destine has summoned a bunch of musicians from various strands of underground pop, all appropriately attached to the darker side of things, to re-interprete songs from her rich back catalogue.
The remixers, among them The-Drum, Slim Twig, U.S. Girls, Fostercare, or Mushy (see the complete tracklist below), mostly succeed in exposing so far hidden facets of Ela’s delicate, sombre chamber pop, with results that range from relentless noise assaults (Skitter’s take on “Apparatus”) to murky lo-fi fuzz (U.S. Girls’ rework of “Living World”) or skittering post-rave explorations (Pyramids of MU’s “She Who Could BIND You” Remix). Cologne-based Silver Strain have delivered a particularly compelling effort, turning the quiet and restrained “Axon Terminal”, orignally on NEO PI-R, into a menacing, thoroughly unsettling occultist dance anthem that grabs you by the throat and won’t let you leave ever again. The accompanying (mildly NSFW) video is superb as well, perfectly encapsulating the rework’s subtext. Watch it exclusively below.
Ela and Thee Prophets is out on Clan Destine Records, strictly limited to 100 copies. Order yours over here.
(1) Axon Terminal Voices (Silver Strain Remix)
(2) Amsler Grid (Slim Twig Remix)
(3) The Season (The-Drum Remix)
(4) She Who Could BIND You (Pyramids of MU Remix)
(5) Apparatus (Skitter Remix)
(1) Something Higher (Dan Melchior Remix)
(2) I Know (Mushy Remix)
(3) Planet Mars (Os Ovni Remix)
(4) Light At Dawn (Nattymari Remix)
(5) Walkingman (Fostercare Remix)
(6) Living World (U.S. Girls Remix)
Take a listen to The-Drum‘s take on “The Season” as well:
The London-based DIY label Clan Destine Records always surprise us with their releases; we particularly love the Ela Orleans/Dirty Beaches/Slim Twig/US Girls split LP. Happily, we get to reveal something brand new from the label today, courtesy of Dubai and Shams. The former, comprised of Anna Barie (ex-These Are Powers) and her husband Johannes Buff (damn, imagine being called ‘Mr. Buff’ all the time… you’d feel amazing), recently released a split cassette on Clan Destine with Ensemble Economique, from which Shams weirdo Jonathan Coward (whose Judge Judy appearance with Teeth Mountain reigns as one of the greatest things ever aired on television) has taken “Thieves”. The resulting remix (a digital-only cut not available on the cassette) completely discards the noisy electronic tribalisms for a vibe not dissimilar to an indie-disco dance floor around 3am, when all sounds come filtered through a haze of cocktails and drugs. You sway from side to side in the crowd, your head packed with bass and alcoholic gauze, before stumbling into the toilet to make out with someone equally drunk (or, perhaps, a toilet bowl). This is the rhythm of the night.
It’s been a relatively slow week for music videos, with some exceptional highlights from the likes of Old Apparatus, Sic Alps, Slim Twig and, as you might have heard, Korea’s Psy, whose entertaining video for the stellar ‘Gangnam Style’ has already gotten some twenty million hits over the past few days.
#0 2 Chainz ft. Kanye West – Birthday Song, directed by Andreas Nilsson
I never thought we’d feature a 2 Chainz video on EB.net, but this is just too inspiring.
#1 Old Apparatus – Realise, dir.?
Surprisingly cool self-made video by mysterious London-based audio visual collective Old Apparatus, off their forthcoming self-titled EP out next week.
#2 Zebra Katz X Boyfriend – W8WTF, directed by Ursula Mann
Wait, what the fuck? Some more dark minimalism from Zebra Fucking Katz. So good.
#3 Azealia Banks – 1991, directed by Justin Mitchell
Miss Banks offers up some visuals for the nostalgic deep house single appropriately titled ‘1991’. Hope to see her first full length sometime soon.
#4 Psy – Gangnam Style, dir.
After watching this hilarious video, all I could think was how lame those melodramatic, story-telling videos featuring young, good looking Brits/Americans really are.
#5 Heart Streets – Nonchalant, dir.?
Heart Streets are from Montreal and they’ve been receiving quite a bit of attention for their video of single ‘Nonchalant’. Believe the hype?
#6 Wodorfski – Blackfriars Rd, dir. ?
There’s hardly any information available on Wodorfski. After a short search, all I came up with was some Facebook page and a link to their London-based Chic Marionnette label. Nice video, though.
#7 Ricardo Donoso – From Sterling to Snow, directed by Pierce Warnecke.
Don’t expect too much to happen in this video for silent burner ‘From Sterling to Snow’ crafted by Pierce Warnecke for Rio de Janeiro-born atist Ricardo Donoso. Donoso will soon be releasing a new EP via Digitalis.
#8 Professor Possessor – Baby, It’s Magic, directed by Matt Diebler & Jacob Gillman
After the ‘Valley Girl’ video, which I posted here a few weeks ago, here’s the Professor’s next home run. Simply magic. Give it up for day-glo synths!
#9 Trash Talk – F.E.B.N., directed Tyler, The Creator
Cali hardcore punk outfit Trash Talk are set to release their new full length album 119 in a couple months, and recently dropped a Tyler-direcetd video for the album’s debut single ‘F.E.B.N.’.
#10 Sic Alps – Glyphs, dir?
In anticipation of their self-titled LP on Drag City set to drop September 18, Sic Alps released some visual accompaniment for the lazy, stoner stroll of ‘Glyphs’.
#11 Slim Twig – Gun Shy, dir?
Canadian actor and musician Max Turnbull, aka Slim Twig, has unveiled a charming new video for the jangly, psych-sensible ‘Gun Shy’. The man is taking over this year.
Alpha Couple are two of the kindest, coolest people we know making music today. Comprised of former gallery owner Kristel Jax and Mark Wohlgemuth (also of the excellent Kram Ran), Alpha Couple make beautiful, psychedelic-influenced experiments that remind one of songs half-dreamed, half-remembered.
1. Biggest inspiration?
Kristel: Our relationship, then any place I find pieces of our relationship: Fassbinder flicks, people getting upset on Youtube, friends & relatives…
Mark: Depends on the given moment. The fact I just finished Anna Karenina makes Leo Tolstoy an inspiration, but only because of how I apply our relationship to his words.
2. Last album you loved?
Mark: I appreciated Winter Family‘s Red Sugar from last year a lot.
Kristel: ??? — ??????.
3. Raging or chilling out?
Kristel: Rage chilling – that’s how you get the most work done. I don’t party.
Mark: Wikipedia was blacked out in protest to the proposed SOPA bill, I just read an interview with Julian Assange who is in forced hiding. Supposedly the biggest crime is sharing information. I’m not chilling out.
4. One thing you could live without?
Mark: If I could live without awful, below minimum wage jobs that would be nice.
Kristel: Uncontrollable shyness.
5. Favorite place to create?
6. Describe your perfect instrument.
Kristel: I’m really into my transistor radio. It can do percussion, sampling, or noise… it’s unpredictable in one way yet in another way, in North America at least, you can always find a familiar Rihanna or Beyonce song or whatever.
Mark: A microphone.
7. Who would you most want to collaborate with?
Mark: A microphone.
Kristel: I’d like to do some collabs with other couples’ projects – if we can do that without making things nauseating, we’re onto something. So you just interviewed Crim3s actually, and there’s Winter Family, Love Cult, uh countless others really, I don’t like calling out other couple projects because maybe they broke up or are trying to be ambiguous about it. But we’re putting on a show in Toronto next month with a newer local couple band, pachamama, plus US Girls and Slim Twig are gonna DJ back and forth – they’re a thing, romantically – it’s cool how it all came together. We’re calling it ‘Last Valentine’s B4 the Apocalypse’, I think it will be creepy in ways that are only good.
8. Most interesting tour/show story?
Kristel: Until early 2011 Mark and I ran a DIY gallery/venue in central Canada (graced a few times by Daniel’s DJ mixes ?). We closed it down, sold all our stuff and for two months we lived out of our car, playing any show we could get.
Mark: Probably how we fight before or after 80% of our shows, and how everyone else in the crowd thinks we’re such a great couple, or at least they say they think that… even after we play all our dreary songs about fucked up relationships.
Kristel: Mark, I don’t know if people think or say that.
9. Biggest break so far?
Kristel: We Have No Zen! curated an EP of ours last summer. He’s released Love Cult, Simptom Pogremushki and Magical Unicellular Music. It meant a lot to me, I still get excited about it.
Mark: When always working one does not feel like they get any breaks.
10. Plans for 2012?
Kristel: Our covers EP is coming out on Already Dead Tapes in spring, it’s a split with a very special someone. Hopefully a short US tour in May and a long European tour in September/October. We need to visit some friends in Belarus.
We’ve been keeping U.S. Girls‘ latest longplayer U.S. Girls On Kraak on repeat for a few weeks now (you can read our glowing review here) and we’re still entranced with it. The news that Meghan Remy had started a new label called Calico Corp with fellow experimentalist Slim Twig was music to our ears (aside from all the other, literal music sliding in there) and even better, she’s released a new 7″ version of ‘The Island Song’. The single is just the first of a planned two; no word on what the other is yet, but you can stream and buy ‘The Island Song’ as well as the beautiful B-side ‘High School Poetry’ below. Be sure to check out Slim Twig’s ‘There’s A Secret To Your Pleasure’ 7″ as well for some punky, bluesy garage deliciousness.