Boomkat Product Review:
Noisy, high concept outsider avant pop for fans of Lucrecia Dalt or The Books from Peruvian artist and researcher Alejandra Cárdenas.
"The Life of Insects" was conceptualized when Alejandra Cárdenas (aka Ale Hop) was forced to spend a month living with different kinds of insects in her home studio. She surrounded herself with small terrariums, recording them for a film she was working on, but used the experience to inform an album about the insects' imagined worlds "and the abstract elements that seek to portray their lives". The result is a clattering DIY art-garde album of pop ideas channelled through an outsider's lens - insects might have informed the album, but it's grounded in clanging instruments, distorted voices and spidery synth drones.
It's wonderfully weird material - not easy listening by any means, but neither is does it ever let the noise or clanging get overwhelming. There's a surreal, boundless expressionism here that we can't help but enjoy: imagine the free folk set with a bunch of electronic instruments and some enhanced engineering skills and you'll have some idea of what to expect.