Flash back to the lo-fi synth music explosion of 2 or 3 years ago, and the name Stellar Om Source was floating around quite a bit. With an album on Olde English Spelling Bee and a string of prismatic, self-released CDRS, Holland's Christelle Gauldi was a kind of mysterious, European counterpart to Oneohtrix Point Never, Emeralds and other post-noise musicians for whom the synthesizer was a gateway to tonality and warmth. Since that heavily editorialized moment in weird music, it would seem that a lot of underground practitioners have been slowly inching their way toward the dance floor, and "Elite Excel," the first single from her upcoming RVNG Intl. LP, suggests a pretty all-encompassing jump into beat-driven territory, chock full of acidy squelches and techno polyrhythms, but so completely untethered that the ultimate impression it leaves is still that of the endless, cosmic sprawl. On May 14th, "Elite Excel" is out as a 12" single via RVNG Intl., with the full-length, Joy One Mile, to follow on June 11th.
May 09, 2013