Elektrik Soul Psymphonie


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Elektrik Soul Psymphonie Review

by Ned Raggett

After three albums on Mute exploring a take on quietly experimental soundscapes and mood music mixed with more straightforward indie rock songwriting, Echoboy continued to pursue his own low-key but often very well-rewarding niche with Elektrik Soul Psymphonie. The percussive-heavy motorik elements in his work continue to have a strong prominence -- "Lovesick Antelopes," one of the few songs with vocals on the album, is one of the strongest in this regard -- while plenty of bubbling and droning synths, tight guitar grooves, and steady but never lumpen rhythms abound. "Yellow Stripes," with its simple but effective bass keyboard loop, manages the neat trick of sounding both like Pink Floyd and minimal synth at the same time, while the beautiful melody of "Plastic Gods" sounds like it should be an epic even while having the wheezing, gentle arrangement of a squeezebox in a pub. "Death Drums" might sound like it should be nothing but doom-laden rhythms but it's actually one of the warmest songs on the album, showing Echoboy's ear for reassembling familiar textures in slightly unfamiliar patterns, a psychedelic flow that still never gives up the beat. It's all very artistically compelling, even as the interlude immediately following the song, one of six on the album, appears to say "fly naked" over forlorn melodica.

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