Boomkat Product Review:
Just shy of their 40th anniversary, NYC post-punks Ike Yard emerge into another dark age with ‘Rejoy’, their 3rd album of shadowy vox, eerie inner city atmospheres and serpentine rhythms following classic material despatched on Factory, Les Disques Du Crépuscule and Blackest Ever Black since 1979.
Despite the cumulative years amassed by Stuart Argabright, Kenneth Compton and Michael Diekmann since their foundational works, they’ve lost none of their early records’ stare-down power in ‘Rejoy’. Across nine tracks they exquisitely limn sci-fi cinematic scenes of midnight bleakness adding up to a pulpy, traumatic account of lives spent dwelling in the shadows of skyscrapers and whilst immersed in films, comics, news, and the crankiest underground movements.
After their LPs “Ike Yard” (also known as “A Fact A Second” Factory America, 1982) and Nord (Phisteria and Desire, 2010) Ike Yard delivers their last album “Rejoy” on Noiztank, 2018 as the culmination of their recent years reinvented sound. As the perpetual flag bearers of the cutting-edge post-punk spirit, the NYC-based band shows muscle in a LP fully loaded with abrasive synth pads, scrap metal percussions, and whispered vocals. Following the previous criteria of “Sacred Machine” 2017, it is worth to remark the inclusion of external vocals in the pieces “Sister M” and “Beyondersay”, which feature Yuki Osaki and MAYa. The nine tracks move through different atmospheres, tensions and moods that would perfectly represent a new contemporary soundtrack of the S. Kubrick film “A Clockwork Orange”, a major influence and source of inspiration for the group this time around.”