LA FORGE (Galaxy)
~reviewed by Mick Mercer
Oh boy! After ten years as Idlo our enigmatic composer Tcheleskov did one album, ‘Pelerin’, in 2000, and now this 5 track CD, but hasn’t even included website details which indicates either a muddled approach to promotion, or just a very absent-minded professor approach to high art.
It isn’t my sort of thing at all starting with demented yelling and noises. With the vocals at best being plain statements and despite some Dalek effects to beef it up, it drains me mentally as I listen. The music is clever, if irritating, electronics.
Bomp/blat, bomp/blat does for a starker beat in ‘Density’ and there’s some torturous musing, with very silly vocal effects struggling uphill against a semi-dance beat in ‘anyangelany voice;’ a clear indication he has little or no rhythmical suss.
Like a brainless Clock DVA at times ‘Groundlight’ is the chirpiest number, with truly awful vocals, blaring synth notes and a more better mangling of the drum machine, but the only people who’ll enjoy this are those lefty-field experimental junkies. The rest of us can easily do with out it.