Boomkat Product Review:
Brighton-based Elizabeth Walling’s Gazelle Twin contributes to CTM x VF’s Fear Anger Love series with a trio of gaunt, bombed-out pieces inspired by J.G. Ballard’s final novel, Kingdom Come to follow up her widely appreciated 3rd LP, Fleshed Out .
We can hear a certain gothic dancefloor appeal woven into the slouchy jack and melting acid patinas of Metro, and she impresses with the marriage of strange overtone singing with Derrick May-like chaotic harmonies and stark rhythms in I Consume Only, before Hallowed limps off into a halflit distance.
Perhaps more than the other parts in the Fear Anger Love series, this one may require the piece’s original visual component - actors on treadmills set against a backdrop by Jonathan Barnbrook, aka the designer behind Bowie’s Backstair LP - or a reading of the original Ballard text before it, in order to fully grasp the work. But regardless, the 12” has still got a strange allure of its own making.