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Exek - A Casual Assembly
Exek
A Casual Assembly
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (W.25Th)
15,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder 12.10.2018
Right on the heels of their Ahead Of Two Thoughts LP released earlier this year, A Casual Assembly is the latest offering from Melbourne's EXEK. The EP coalesces around a stirring theme for synthesizer, trumpet and bass, bringing together reference points to Laurie Spiegel, Jah Wobble and The Velvet Underground's "The Gift."Frontman Albert Wolski's disembodied narration – at times reminiscent of Samuel Beckett or Robert Ashley – unfolds over a series of dark vignettes set in a dystopian near-future. Autotune has been banned, secret police patrol the redoubts of the wealthy, and world beaches have been cleared of their sand for the construction of enormous urban prisons. As these events turn more fraught and absurd, Wolski reveals just how much is gained through EXEK's stripped-down arrangements and dreamlike tones.A Casual Assembly echoes like the lost soundtrack to a Kubrick or Jarman film. Recommended for fans of Normil Hawaiians, Jenny Hval and Harmonia.
Exek - Ahead Of Two Thoughts
Exek
Ahead Of Two Thoughts
LP | EU | Reissue (W.25Th)
18,99 €* 19,99 € -5%
Release:EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Melbourne's EXEK began as a studio project with frontman Albert Wolski before the 2014 formation of the four-piece line up with Andrew Brocchi (synthesizer), Henry Wilson (bass) and Sam Dixon (drums). With the addition of Nell Grant on saxophone, the group's sound entered another dimension that reveals EXEK to be conjuring the ghosts of PiL, This Heat and Swell Maps.Ahead Of Two Thoughts, EXEK's sophomore release, pushes headlong into haunted, post-punk territories. Opening track "U Mop" pairs sneering vocals with elastic bass and spectral guitars, while the elliptical discourse of "Weight Loss (Henry's Dream)" is accentuated by reverbed drums that would make Martin Hannett proud.Superior Viaduct's W.25TH imprint presents Ahead Of Two Thoughts, a never-ending loop of dub-infected textures and anxious lyrics. Mastered by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control), this tightly coiled album recorded in 2015-2016 could easily be mistaken for a classic 4AD title from the '80s. Look for EXEK on tour in 2018.
Exek - Biased Advice
Exek
Biased Advice
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Another Dark Age)
18,04 €* 18,99 € -5%
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Another Dark Age is proud to release Exek's debut LP, Biased Advice, which follows one self-titled cassette EP (2014) and a single contribution to a split cassette (2015). The album collects rerecorded and past material, which together stands as the fullest realisation of an Exek identity, honed during two years of haunting Melbourne’s live gig circuit. Before forming as a four-piece band in 2014, Exek remained an abstract concept in the mind of front man-to-be, Albert Wolski. With songs written but no musicians to perform them he enlisted Andrew Brocchi (synthesiser), Henry Wilson (bass) and Sam Dixon (drums) and together they began recording material according to Wolski 's vision. "Then they were there, on my arms, on my legs, everywhere." - 'Foregin Lesions' The addition of Nell Grant on saxophone made previously murky reference points plainly obvious: Exek are the progeny of a Melbourne scene that established itself around Dave Chesworth and Philip Brophy’s Innocent record label of the 1980s and its greatest offering, Essendon Airport’s Palimpsest LP (1981). But Exek dared to abandon the pop and funk tropes of the early Australian new wave scene reaching out to German post-punk of the same era. Wolski’s songwriting is akin to that of the records put out by Hannover’s No Fun Records and Hamburg’s Zickzack, channeling the droll lyricism of The 39 Clocks and saturated with self-deprecating Attitude. "New friends, new influence, new ring around the finger, a hedonist who finds regret.” - ‘A Hedonist’ Exek are messengers for today’s young, unemployed, immobile, self-obsessed middle-class. The themes of societal isolation, heartbreak, consumerism are all funnelled through metaphors of terminal illness, monsters and bondage. Their vision mirrors Tuxedomoon’s ‘Holiday for Plywood’ but crucially Biased Advice is a sermon that Exek preach to themselves. The band pit themselves as both victims and saviours living in a world that’s trying to extinguish them, or worse still, mould them into boring automatons. “Spitting image, two legged, stick figured, adolescent, disinfectant, replicant.” - ‘Replicate’ The conceptual weight carried in Wolski’s lyrics follows on from process. Dub and other studio techniques are used throughout Biased Advice and are no better evidenced in the 16-minute modern (and instant) classic, ‘Baby Giant Squid.’ This song remains unchanged from it’s cassette release on Melbourne’s Resistance/Restraint label but spread out over one side of a record it lays bare its perfection. Basslines that stand out one moment give way to dubbed out percussion, hissing tape delay and reverb drenched vocals. Simply, this post-kraut-dub-psyche-punk excursion looks back over it’s shoulder as it leaves ‘Bella Lugosi’s Dead’ for dead. It’s a sublime balance of improvisation and cold calculation. “Excitement entails the probability of murder to eliminate stress.” - ‘Baby Giant Squid’ It’s the tension between this teetering psychotic nihilism and arrangement with studio-like precision that gives Biased Advice the tone of a forewarning. But of what? “Listen well.” - ‘Submitted’
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