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Elysia’s now-classic 2013 digital release, written while homeless in L.A., blossoms on vinyl via Total Stasis, who blessed the world with a 7” cut of her Bound Adam ☆ 2011 single just under a year ago.
The Light That You Gave Me To See You sets another highpoint of Elysia’s ever evolving oeuvre, uniquely consolidating south american folk and modern dance music with conscientious acknowledgement of R&B soul and computer game electronics in raw-but-shiny, collaged, avant-garde arrangements that perhaps best reflect and mediate the flux of the contemporary world better than many other artists in circulation right now.
The fact that it’s been gestating in the digital dimension for three years now, and still feels so acutely fresh compared with the rest of the field right now says a lot about her persistency and unswerving, wide-angled vision, especially considering that isn’t the result of time-dated, scalpelled production, but rather the swirling, headily-layered nature of the composition and its convergent juxtapositions of fidelity and uprooted sources.
For us at least, at times it can feel like one of those strange, sensory overload moments where you’ve got too many browser tabs or windows open at once and can’t tell where the music is coming from, yet it somehow all comes together beautifully, or even those time sitting on the bus thru Moss Side with the bonneted lil old lady playing games on her phone with volume whacked right up whilst surrounded by a polymetric polyphony of Beats by Dre headphone patterns.
A salute to the weird, the in between, the elusive, the ecstatic.