Far away from the Gnar Tapes offices in Portland, OR, in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, there are two teenage boys named Stuart Kets and James Braithwaite who make wildly varied and totally tripped out sounds as Le Elbow. A rooikat is the African lynx and, like a rooikat, the beginning drifts of Le Elbow feel like the heartbeats of a hunter; a forward moving calm, patiently wandering purple skied deserts. "The 21st Century" is one of the strangest and most hypnotic pop songs we've heard in years. Other key tracks like "Dale Creepers", "Entropy" and "Pink Jaguar" are thick and pulsing, awakening and invigorating, like city lights and drying rain. There is a lot to be said for this tape; far away feelings and youthful musings of this ilk are rare and we imagine their presence in the far corners of the earth are even rarer. Le Elbow, however, seems to have found themselves a thrilling and comforting addition to this current internet-cassette-weirdo stratosphere. A nearly perfect debut of sci-fi echo beat and ancient alien desert drifts from this teenage duo from Africa.
released August 27, 2012
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