Boomkat Product Review:
Ecstatic have had a really strong year, introducing a bunch of new artists to the fold (claire rousay, more eaze, Felisha Ledesma, Romance, Celestial) and hosting the return of label regulars (Pye Corner Audio, Not Waving, Spivak) - once again holding a line at the intersection of art, pop and experimentation in a way that felt both effortless and surprising.
Label co-founder Alessio Natalizia’s new album as Not Waving (‘How To Leave Your Body’) captured all of this in microcosm, featuring a guest lineup that resolved the equation perfectly - Jim O’Rourke, Jonnine Standish, Marie Davidson, Spivak and Mark Lanegan shaping one of the year’s standout avant-pop records, bridging from fizzing mood music and drone to full-bore earworms - some of the best songs we heard all year.
claire rousay + more eaze’s ‘an afternoon whine’ took us to another place entirely with a frayed mix of intimate concrète and sanguine guitar shimmers, while Felisha Ledesma’s highly personalised audio diary ‘Fringe’ felt like an electro-acoustic take on Ulla’s Voicemail Ambient - weft from everyday detritus in a way that felt iridescent and highly evocative.
Playing with the form, anonymous enigma Romance deployed two gauzy, full-length dream sequences, divining a sort of smudged Ambient variant built from mainstream pop and R&B breakdowns - a bit like Lee Gamble’s classic ‘Diversions’ if it were made from Celine Dion rather than Reinforced samples, while Celestial offered a sublime debut of Balearic blues that reminded us of the most diaphanous works from The Durutti Column, or Vincent Gallo’s classic ‘When’.
This 8 hour time capsule includes all of the above plus a double album from Pye Corner Audio’s darker side project ‘The House In the Woods’, an immaculate album of Drexciyan pop collisions from Spivak, a deadly session from resident label eccentric Novo Line that re-imagines Depeche Mode remade with Pythagorean tuning, plus two more albums from Not Waving and an exclusive mix by Alessio Natalizia featuring entirely unreleased material, some of which will land with us in 2022 and beyond.
Che anno Ecstatic!
The USB includes:
Celestial: I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night (Album)
claire rousay + more eaze: an afternoon whine (Album)
Exclusive Ecstatic Mix for Boomkat 2021 (Mixtape)
Felisha Ledesma: Fringe (Album)
Not Waving: How To Leave Your Body (Album)
Not Waving: What Is Normal Today? (Album)
Not Waving & Romance: Eyes Of Fate (Album)
Novo Line: Doors of Proprioception - Articulation (Album)
Romance: You Must Remember This (Album)
Romance: A Kiss Is Just A Kiss (Album)
Spivak: Rare Backwards (Album)
The House In the Woods (Pye Corner Audio): The Spectral Corridor (Album)