Boomkat Product Review:
Elysia Crampton’s first move of 2017 arrives in form of a ‘sample pack’ revolving 8 concise Spots and six full length parts meshing central/south American club rhythms nodding to DJs Rodini and Sailer, and Mega DJs from Cochabamba, with collaged melodies and signature use of sweeping FX, including a big highlight in the nine minute Spittle (Safeway Parking Lot), referencing classical American composers such as William Gran Still & John Adams.
The eight Spots - each no longer than 16 seconds - are effectively discrete, GIF-like idents, the sort that might be looping on your desktop, stabbed into a commercial radio show, or emanating from a mobile phone computer game near you, right now.; each like a mini, but fully formed thing in its own right, though.
The other six tracks offer something a little more substantial in length, with highlights in the bombed out Battle & Screams, which sounds like frontline reportage from COD severely compressed to YouTube, and certainly in the psychedelic mixture of Bolivian folk melodies and electric shocks of Promesa (Placer County Pride), whilst the symphonic vignette Chuqui Chiunchay adapts exaggerated movie trailer voiceover style with poetic insight.
It really all comes together, though, in the denouement of Spittle (Safeway Parking Lot), where Crampton inverts her usual attention-span deficiency to stretch out on sliding, subtly augmented neo classical keys and daubs of synth in a way that perhaps reveals Elysia at her most stripped down, vulnerable and captivating, before shifting back to more familiar atmospheric collage with Sombre Blanca Misteriosa (y Rara).