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Call Super wanders further away from the dancefloor on their fourth album, embracing improv, free jazz and exotica to develop a verdant sound that's erratic, adventurous and unpredictable. Featuring guest appearances from Julia Holter, Eden Samara and Elke Wardlaw.
There's a level of fantasy to 'Eulo Cramps' that emerges almost instantly. 'Ondo Helps Us Hear the Splinters' is led by Call Super's homemade "eharp", which they let flutter across the track next to animated clarinet wails. If you were expecting tweaky IDM or Berlin-appropriate mutant house, you might be surprised; the Call Super we're presented with here is in soul-searching mode, and they've peered through their trauma and body horror to discover an enthralling chimerical forest. Canadian alt-pop singer/producer Eden Samara joins on 'Sleeping', meeting Call Super's lopsided gamelan-like patter with elevated, crystal clear tones that float enthusiastically over the beats. It adds an extra layer of rare magic to album; far from random collaborations, Call Super's picks are fitting and holistic, feeding into the narrative rather than feeling as if they've been shoehorned in.
Julia Holter follows on the effervescent 'Illumina', spinning ghostly vocalizations over Call Super's rubberized beats. For a moment, the track drops to silence and Holter's voice rises like smoke until it's caught by the beat once more. Clashes and clangs and clarinet warbles and computerized bleeps intersperse the vocal lattices, and Call Super lets the track run over into 'Glossy Bingo Stain', an oddly metered eharp jam that travels once more into greener pastures. The producer's longtime neighbor Elke Wardlaw speaks in slow, poetic tones on 'Goldwood' over breathy synths and electric piano vamps; if you were wondering about the album's proposed jazz influence, it's presented here in all its glory, cut through by Call Super's gurgling processes. And on 'Clam Lute Wig', low-register piano notes are spruced up with brushy drums and deranged curls of woodwind; loungy and freeform at one, the track is a nervous fantasy, like stepping onto a trail to an isolated cottage.
The album ends on 'Years in the Hospital', the most spare composition on the album, made almost entirely from steel strung guitar plucks and scrapes that blossom into folksy beauty before melting into a spoken word section from Call Super. A personal, emotionally charged record, 'Eulo Cramps' is a refreshing, invigorating journey into the artist's inner world that's soon to be built out further with a series of paintings.