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Boomkat Product Review:
Continuing their quest to unearth some of the most crucial underground American music never heard, Table of the Elements have excavated this absolute classic from the lesser-known San Francisco Punk band Arkansaw Man. Originally released back in 1982 this was devastatingly forward thinking music, no doubt considered part of the no-wave post-punk scene back in the day, but listening to it now it sounds so much fresher than it should. In essence it's closer to Slint and the whole post-rock surge of the early 90s than DNA or Ut, but because it pre-dates all of this it actually ends up sounding like nothing else on earth. The opening seven-and-a-half minute epic 'The Ballroom' is the band's towering achievement, a grimacing, slooooow piece of reverberating, dissonant art-rock with a snarling, disassociated cynicism so connected with the time it was recorded. This is music which sums up the hopeless hedonism of the 80s in full, ominous, maniacally narcotic glory, and it simply needs to be heard by more than the few lucky people who managed to lay their hands on a copy of the 12" version. The release might only be eighteen minutes long but it's some of the best skewed no-wave I've ever heard, and is well worth the asking price (and more). A huge recommendation for the disillusioned youth out there - you know who you are!