Boomkat Product Review:
Mark Leckey presents ’Exorcism of the [email protected] Rake’, his latest installation soundtrack to appear on vinyl, here with a crushing Evian Christ remix.
Exploring matters of hauntology, psychogeography and mythology associated with his formative stomping grounds, the award-winning artist and Scouse Dandy offers a hypnotic, urgent, and often funny AF dispossession of concrete municipality. Effectively broadening and shifting the scope of his ‘BigBox StatueAction’ works, where he played music from big speaker stacks “in conversation” with icons of British modernist sculpture, Leckey here directs his energies at a concrete, geographical site of interest - effectively, smartly punning on the idea of a “rite of passage”.
Echoing elements of both his ‘Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore’ and ‘Dream English Kid 1964 - 1999AD’ soundtracks - particularly the footie casual chants and use of concrète cut-up tekkers - the piece acts as a study in contemporary occultism, calling out latent, malignant spirits and boogeymen that haunt the suburban English psyche - Big White Barbarian; High-Functioning Fan Boy; Scally Lads in Cum-Stained Tracksuits; Tetra-Ethyl Lead petrol; This Nostalgic Condition.
Ellesmere Port-hailing Evian Christ keeps the project close to home on his remix, distilling that odd Wirral light and pagan energy into a bitter tract of edgeland trap of the kind you’d expect to hear at his Trance parties.