“Utilising Found Sound and MIDI, Elizabeth Joan Kelly has created something of a milestone in underground electronic music with the Brian Eno inspired title – Music For The DMV (America’s Department of Motor Vehicles).”
“Taking its title influence from Music For Airports, fifteen tracks see Kelly delve into the extraordinary masses of online found sounds which she treats, manipulates and regurgitates. A simple task on the face of things but what she does here is nothing short of extraordinary and inspiring.”
“With the promise of a new album for 2019, Elizabeth Joan Kelly could well be a name to look out for. Simple but expertly assembled music with more than a few surprises along the way.”
Such an honor–thank you Paul and LTW! Read the full review here.
While one would think that relaxing sounds would be the best thing to help survive another license renewal, Kelly uses a variety of shiny textures and bright melodies to instead provide distraction. And there’s plenty of that to be found here, as well as charm, especially in the three tracks classed as Gymnopedies. Best of all, however, is Call My Number, which has an almost comical sense of yearning and absolutely reminds me of that time when the scheduling system crashed at the DMV and I lost my place in line.
Full list here.
“Thanks to their production my mind started to flow weightless through mystique hallways that come to me across as a maze of tunnels and doors. Sometimes the music bursts through those doors, knocking them open to go deeper into this fairy kind of minimal surrealism & to be fair; get slightly lost in this place that seems to be the starting point of many more adventures.”
I contributed a mixtape track listing to tinymixtapes for the theme “I do not know how to swim but can’t stop thinking about the sea,” requested by Tracey Thorn (THAT Tracey Thorn? I don’t know, but I hope so!). My track list is below with links to purchase the songs, and I also made a YouTube playlist. Enjoy!
01. Elizabeth Joan Kelly – “In A Chill Mood”
02. Orbit Stern & Q – “The River”
03. Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – “The Jordan River Song”
04. Maarja Nuut & Ruum – “Haned kadunud”
05. Low – “Sea”
06. Library Tapes & Julia Kent – “A Summer By The Sea I”
07. Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki, & Tatsuro Yamashita – “Saigo no Rakuen”
08. Sealionwoman – “Siren”
09. Jumping Back Slash feat. Nonku Phiri – “The Sirens Call”
10. Orca, Attack! – “Deep Blue” (missing from youtube playlist)