This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Gazelle Twin – The Entire City July 23, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized, This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
Here’s an album from 2012 or so by artist, composer and producer Elizabeth Wailing/Bernholz aka Gazelle Twin. Her output is dark and remarkably cinematic. It treads a fine line between pop, electronica and ambient (Changelings is towards the former, albeit softer, end of that spectrum). The vocals murmur In a way that makes it clear this is not necessarily music to feel good to, at least not all the time.
Tracks like I Am Shell I Am Bone move gracefully along propelled by stuttering rhythms, keyboard sweeps and deep bass lines. There’s a purpose and urgency to the music even if sometimes it has a slow moving aspect.
I suppose an easy touchstone is post-punk, it’s in the drum patterns (some of which are remind me of another proponent of early 21st century music influenced by the early 1980s, albeit tangentially, that being Sandwell District and allied artists), in the mixture of vocal approaches – trills, choruses, whatever fits. And yet it’s not remotely post-punk. There’s a lushness to it that positions it clearly within this decade of the 21st century and part of that is the electronica that underpins the tracks and percussion.
Nor, despite and in places decidedly macabre aspect to her identity, is it the baroque formulations of goth – though there’s something of Dead Can Dance there in the background. Somehow it is quieter and consequently in its own way more unnerving.
Her latest album ups the ante on that feature of her musical and aesthetic identity – actually I find a lot of the video kind of creepy, but I think The Entire City, both album and track, is a good point to join this particular musical journey.
The Entire City
I Am Shell I Am Bone
When I was Otherwise