Jericho 1979 EP
La dame Noir Records
TBR: 17th May
It's been a busy year for Eliezer, one of Tel-Aviv's most listened to artists from their vibrant electronic music scene, it's time for another release. Sporting three originals, each dripping with his trademark sound plus re-workings by other local greats, Jericho 1979 is headed straight for the club where dance and excitement rule the roost. Described as a showcase of fresh Israeli talent, Parisian La dame Noir are leaving us in no doubt of the skills on offer from this part of the world.
It opens on a catchy beat, made of two types of bass drum. One of them pounds away in quick time and the other hangs for the back. A synthesiser melody breaks open the track with a yelp. Vocals from Curses bring a 1980s style moodiness to the song. Emotional inflections in the words fling us from side to side as the dancing pace keep us moving. Bauhaus is perhaps a nod to the Germanic art school making modernists out of skilled individuals. The mix evolves gracefully, each time a new element of music brings a dreamy hypnotic rhythm to the consistent percussion.
Next up, tribal sounds play a percussive tune via wooden sounding drums. Tubular taps and plops like hand on potted leather create a buoyant film of sound to begin with. A chiming bell adds an eerie edge that pushes the musicality right up into the air. Digital bass sounds play in phrases made of repeating simple tunes which take it in turns with other percussive elements. Gradually the pressure of the pace grows in intensity, and a new dimension reveals itself as a vocal sample speaks in poetic lines across the shiny and complex surface. White Snow is cold in the way it carries a sense of unsure awareness, anticipation of crescendo perhaps, or just a deep sense of foreboding.
Post Love starts with digital saws and staggering drum-beats. A bassy tune trickles out on the synthesiser in slow revolutions of tone. Punchy rhythmics in simple positions combine to bring on a space-age and expansive sonic arena. Exciting builds in the notes and fills allow for expectations to rise, forward facing samples surge the track forward and onward. Guitar chords on an off beat meld with astral synthesiser voices to frame vocal samples, repeating lines of foreign phonics. Everything pushes up on space as a new drum brings on a classic rock influenced beat. Snare and hat break free from the gloom and elevate the music into well-lit realms. Still, the dreamy and sullen voice muses on, casting her spell with poetry.
We turn over the record to meet the three remix editions. Bauhaus featuring Curses comes first. It opens with a childish dream sound of fairgrounds being listened to underwater. Familiar chimes and melodies from our fondest playtime echo back to us through the thick and viscous fluid of time. Then, it all breaks down to straight forward beats. The vocals give the quality of organic music while electronic sounds swell and build. Slow glissando on a warmly distorted guitar brings another edge while worming synthesiser tones squiggle and squirm in the sonic sky. This Middle Sky Boom remix takes the track to experimental digital futures.
Funky fast paced synthesiser notes spill out a ferocious melody in a variety of keys while a frantic bass and hat give a push to everything in the mix. The drums gather to make a huge pressure of sound that keeps the bouncing synthesiser up in the air. Floating and spinning this effervescent mix of sonics and beats brings on a happy and exciting feeling that really motivates dancing. Niv Ast's remix of White Snow pushes the hall into a driving frenzy of movement. Squelching bass tones and clamouring metalwork bring a sudden surge of drive to the album. When the vocals break free, everything seems to bubble over.
The record ends on a remix of Post Love from Uriah. This has a dark and sinister opening. Edgy synthesiser bass and crackled drums creep the door ajar and allow laughter to echo through the corridor. Taking the vocals from the original and merging them with weird and broken loops, a dreamy and spiky atmosphere is knitted from the swirling depths and heady rhythms. Static and fragile projections mix with the definitive percussion adding a flavour of digital warmth. Pulsing notes and gaining drums evolve into a dancing mania full of synthetic escapism.
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