Ela Orleans | Neo Pi-R

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Neo Pi-R

by Ela Orleans

This is post-punk from the Gaslamp Era.
Genre: Avant Garde: Tape Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Apparatus
2:13 $0.99
2. Window Smoker
1:05 $0.99
3. Night Ride, Pt. One
1:26 $0.99
4. Voices, Pt. One
1:14 $0.99
5. Axon Terminal
2:38 $0.99
6. Living World
3:11 $0.99
7. 5-Httlpr
1:52 $0.99
8. My Friend Angel
4:50 $0.99
9. Falling
2:11 $0.99
10. Walkingman
3:52 $0.99
11. Three Stages of Sleep
4:16 $0.99
12. Night Ride, Pt. Two
1:03 $0.99
13. Voices, Pt. Two
0:44 $0.99
14. Safeguard Action
2:53 $0.99
15. Synapse Dive
2:06 $0.99
16. Polygraph
1:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ela Orleans makes music that sounds like it was recorded on tintype by Man Ray. Multi-layered and deeply personal, her songs create new symbols, built from prima materia. As in her other work, both solo and with Hassle Hound, Orleans is skilled at experimental pastiche music. NEO PI-R is 4 track patchwork at it finest.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Young Marble Giants recorded in Black Ark under the direction of Brain Wilson in his sandbox era, you may be able to visualize the music of Ela Orleans without actually hearing it. Still, it would be much better if you just popped the cassette in and immersed yourself into her dream landscapes. NEO PI-R is the sonic equivalent of perhaps a Tanguy painting. It is sparse, but filled with both whimsy and deep brooding symbology. This is post-punk from the Gaslamp Era. Ela Orleans manages to utilize some of the more standard trappings of experimental music, toy piano sounds, dub and phase techniques and dead pan vocals, sang and spoken in her irresistible Nico-esque Polish accent. Track titles exist, but it is best to just let this album flow from song to song… and get lost in its delirium dream.

Andrew Weatheral once titled a Sabres of Paradise album Haunted Dancehall, and that term is a perfect description of this tape. One can see the graininess of the old nickelodeon as this album progresses. Orleans has an uncanny knack for making electronics sound organic, being one of the only artists actually worthy of the descriptor Folktronica. ut this isn’t some one-dimensional concept of Joan Baez folk we are talking about, these are the folk dances of the 21st century, cold and pastoral hymns to our modern age.(Dafydd McKaharay for MISHKA blog)



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