A writer of repute on the failures of tech, communication and self-preservation, Rodriguez (who also files his musical experiments under Alison’s Disapproval) lends a constantly filtered and affected spoken word narration across all six tracks as Kelly swans, touches the ethereal with her diaphanous woos, calls, arias (a merger of Laurie Anderson, cosmic opera and Jane Weaver). Often transmogrified by robotic effects and the slowing and speeding up of that instructive monologue, Rodriguez’s message is constantly warped, broken up: sometimes on the verge of some Max Headroom glitch stutter, or the slurred falling apart speech of HAL.
*Achievement unlocked: Max Headroom comparison!
We also seem to have successfully stumped Vital Weekly, who write of the album:
The music is mostly a computer treated voice/vocoder style, and along with some electronics playing some weird tune. The six pieces last altogether less than 19 minutes, which is perhaps the best thing for such a little curiosity. Great for confusion and confused to know what to say.
Vital Weekly also put out a podcast highlighting the music they’ve reviewed; be sure to check it out.
Finally, I haven’t been able to find a recording, but thank you to Kat O’Rly for playing “Literature Review” on WLUW’s Destination Unknown last night.
Lots of chances to listen to some C.M.S.O. this weekend. Brainvoyager’s Electronic Fusion features three tracks, playing on Modul303, Radio Dark Tunnel, Sci Fi Radio USA, and Electronic Music Radio Chile:
Orca, Attack!’s C.M.S.O. is now out on Strategic Tape Reserve. There are only 3 cassettes left, and the digital album is also available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and wherever else you like to listen.
Autumn Roses spotlights the song “Conclusion” on their blog today, writing, “today their Orca, Attack! project released the surreal and psychedelic “listening guide” C.M.S.O. (Learning by Listening Vol. 1). You can take an apricot-colored, helix-shaped trip with its “Conclusion” above.”
Many thanks to all for the shares, comments, spotlights, and radio play!
Wow–Farewell, Doomed Planet! is on the WTUL charts for the NINETEENTH TIME, coming in at #29 overall and #7 electronic. I’m speechless. A thousand thanks to all the DJs. WTUL’s “not quite 51st annual rock on survival marathon” is going on right now, so it’s a great time to donate! Furthermore, if you email me and let me know you’ve donated, I’ll send you a Bandcamp download code for the album of your choice from my releases. Offer expires in seven days!
Also, pre-release for my new EP with Orca, Attack! goes on sale tomorrow! Keep your eyes on the Strategic Tape Reserve Bandcamp for cassette tapes, and the Elizabeth Joan Kelly and Orca, Attack! Bandcamp pages for digital only purchases.
Thank you to Pete Murphy for including “Harm” and “Baleen Executioner” off Farewell, Doomed Planet! on I Heart Noise’s latest mixtape. It’s in fantastic company alongside tracks from Xqui, modus pony, Netta Goldhirsch, boycalledcrow, Equinox, qualchan, and more. See the full tracklist on the website and listen on Mixcloud or below.
Thanks also to Toxic Chicken and Tak Tent Radio for including “Waking Up With a Cat On My Face” from the Front & Follow ISOLATION AND REJECTION VOL 1 compilation on the latest episode of Culture as a Dare. It’s part of a great mix including underground icons St James Infirmary, vylter, Maryanne Amacher, Petridisch, and Holly Herndon. Tracklist on the Tak Tent site and audio on Mixcloud/below!