Boomkat Product Review:
Utterly remarkable find this - perfectly preserved original copies of this killer 1979 EP, stored by Orior’s Jeff Sharp for all these years, includes original ’79 wrap-around artwork and inners, plus new facsimile copy of the original liner notes, all housed in new poly sleeve and hand-assembled by Demdike Stare who recently released that exceptional ‘Strange Beauty’ collection that’s now sold out...
Following DDS’ issue of previously unheard, stellar recordings by Orior with the Strange Beauty 2LP, the label have unearthed an original batch of the Elevation EP (1979); a deeply enigmatic 7”, and a crucial keystone to their work as Demdike Stare.
The 3-track 7” was the duo’s sole release of that era and one of only four on the Crystal Groove label. In the photocopied liner notes, the duo’s Jeff Sharp (Clip) self-describes their sound as “…moving in many directions”, and we’d have to agree with that apt, if modest description.
The titular A-side coaxes searching tendrils of quivering synth harmony and chipping guitar strokes with ghostly allure, whilst the B-side’s Tutankhamen is a heavenly sort of chamber reverie, and Quiet Sky keens into crepuscular, library-like ambience, all of which sound equally, if not even more mysterious at 33rpm, rather than the appointed 45rpm.
With the benefit of hindsight, we’d have to place its séance-like vibe and eldritch aura (just check that cover typeface) in a lineage with everything from the soundtracks of Lynch & Badalamenti to the earliest doings of Coil, yet, ultimately there’s simply something deeply, uniquely uncanny about its sui-generis appeal.
So all thanks to DDS for following their instincts and to Orior’s Jeff Sharp for keeping these 7”s in such pristine condition, affording this ur-ambient diamond for a whole new generation...