Boomkat Product Review:
Elon Katz of White Car and Streetwalker returns with an incredible solo outing for Diagonal, perhaps the most complex and distinctive release on the label so far. RIYL Aphex Twin, Powell, Luc Van Acker, Savant.
Elon Katz aligns perfectly with Diagonal in a prickling debut vocal release, The Human Pet; his first original solo issue in four years, containing an intensely personal, puckered perspective on electronic dance music and experimental pop.
Structured around a schizoid yet coherent juncture of EBM, IDM, curdled rock music and art school techno-pop, The Human Pet is riddled with idiosyncratic notions on “cryptic topics like rebirth, nullification in stream speed adaptivity, dependence and wealth inequality” to portray a unique intellect and sonic vocabulary operating at the crux of his expressive powers.
To our ears it feels like a concise dissection of Chicago’s industrial history and Californian digital psychedelia; probing at their twisted, fluoro guts with the inquisitive nature of a mad scientist or psycho-analyst between the yelping, warped and hyper-piquant yacht boogie of The Rhino Powder of New Sensitivity and a heavily affected dislocation of harmonised pop hooks and whirring body mechanics in Clean Crash.
It all occupies a strange perch between introspective and exuberant, veering from mid-‘90s AFXian pop rephlexion in You Are Alone, to signature Diagonal tackle in the gas-chugging EBM-pop force of The Human Pet, whereas Unarmed twists into fractal phantasia, all of which maintain a thread of logic that belies the record’s vintaging period of refinement and distillation.
There can be little doubt that this is one of the most complex, rigorous and distinctive in Diagonal’s catalogue.