Boomkat Product Review:
Bostonian post-rock pioneers and sometime backing band for Can’s Damo Suzuki here get their landmark 1991 Rough Trade LP ECIM re-issued with three bonus tracks courtesy of Strange Attractors. So much of the music referenced on this album is enjoying a resurgence in popularity in the current musical climate, that re-introducing this album to the world seems like the sensible thing to do. Take for example the John Fahey cover featured here, ‘The Portland Cement Factory At Monolith, California’. It might be hard to imagine now, but 15 years ago, Fahey’s name was by no means on the tip of every hipster’s tongue. See also Dredd Foole’s vocal contributions (one of which is an ethereal cover of Tim Buckley’s ‘Song To The Siren’), another staple of the contemporary weird American scene. The quality of the music here is pretty unwavering: ‘Nico’s Dream’ is an exquisite slice of very modern Sonic Youth-inflected post rock, whilst elsewhere, ‘Cul De Sade’ sets a prototype for the muscular synth-rock of Add N To (X). Clearly an important release for the current wave of Boston’s underground artists, ECIM still sounds vital in 2006.