BMF #2b on YIKIS and Hiapop

Thanks to Hiapop and Yeah I Know It Sucks for sharing the Blue Moon Frequency #2b [Summer Mix] video, and to Yeah I Know It Sucks for yet another charmingly nonsensical review:

There is the rhythm, which feels like we are listening to a garden shed full of tools in which a DIY hero is busily building its own garden furniture. There is the electric bass, so nice and thick that you can imagine wanting to sit on one of these freshly built chairs without ever standing up. Next to that we have that sun-providing sound of someone stroking a few guitar strings – which is always the right recipe to go for when in need for a certain warmth-holiday feel and vibe.

Read the whole review here, and as always, check out both Hiapop and YIKIS for quality music recommendations.

Yeah I Know It Sucks Retrophonica Review

As always, Yeah I Know It Sucks has made my giddy with their track-by-track review of Retrophonica – Aetheric Transmissions. They had this to say about my song “Metro Musix:”

“Things move on into a strange seductive time traveling zone, one in which an old school train rattles over the tracks and the landscape is presumably all made out of electronic memorability. You can hear the birthplace of drone, the early BBC synth basement experimentational vibes, the electric joyfulness of truly re innovating music as it had always existed before.”

Read the full review here, and support Delia Derbyshire Day by buying a digital download from Wormhole World.

Electronic Sound and ANTI: Music Review on Retrophonica

One more day til the release of Retrophonica – Aetheric Transmissions, and the reviews are rolling in. Electronic Sound Magazine (paywall) said of my contribution, “…the approach is deeply referential, evoking rich experimentation through tones, loops, and processed voices that feel like they could easily unravel messily.” And ANTI: Music Review writes, “Metro Musix by Elizabeth Joan Kelly is one of my favorites off the compilation, refining many of the elements typically pursued but adding her typical cataclysmic touch that becomes all the more riveting, and forbidden-sounding.” Read the full ANTI review here, and don’t forget to buy your copy of Retrophonica; proceeds benefit Delia Derbyshire Day!

A Poem For Your Song – Harm

I love creative takes on reviewing music. A Poem For Ur Song is exactly what it sounds like–they write a poem, based on your song. Here’s what they had for “Harm:”

100 seconds until
orange blood drips down the mirrored
wall of the blue sky. death dressed

and blooming as cryptotrama
asprata will turn our corpses
all mycena chlorophos

under the blacklights that some
titans will hang from the rubble
of their ashen terrarium.

I love it. See more from A Poem for Ur Song on Twitter.

A Little Bit of Sol Review

Thanks to Phil for this stunning review of Farewell, Doomed Planet!

“This is the soundtrack to my dreams. Chaotic, beautiful, mysterious and sublime. It took me a while to post due to trying to savor every nuance. I listened to it on my stereo, with headphones, and in my car. I got something different out of it each time. I got kinda lost in it for a bit. To me, that is the highest praise I can give.

In my top 10 favorite releases of last year.”

Head over to A Little Bit of Sol for the rest.

The Wire Review ❤️

I’m so, so honored to once again be reviewed in The Wire, the most essential of avant-garde music magazines. Dan Barrow says of Farewell, Doomed Planet!, “at its best, as on “Feral At Night”, “Exclusion Zone Earth, (Or, All Hail Chernobyl Wolves)” and the closer “Beau Travail”, Farewell recalls William Basinski if his source material was “Personal Jesus” era Depeche Mode.”

The Wire can be read online with a subscription through Exact Editions, or look for a print copy at your local bookstore/library etc.

February 2020 cover of The Wire featuring Wire

Offbeat Review

I’m so honored to be reviewed in the new issue of OffBeat Magazine by the highly esteemed and sadly departed Robert Fontenot:

“Whether ambient like the perfectly descriptive “Whaliens” or darkwave like “Trinity Quadrant Cantata” or industrial like “Baleen Executioner” or recalling vintage ’80s synth-pop like “Departure,” nearly backing up into dubstep on “Unusual Capsule” or some mixture of all of the above as with the closing “Beau Travail,” this soundtrack for humans leaving one desolate expanse for another is disquieting yet oddly peaceful, in a way only nature can be.”

The full review is linked here, and the whole issue is available on Issuu.

I Heart Noise Review

Beautifully written and insightful review of Farewell, Doomed Planet! up on I Heart Noise thanks to F.J. Dominguez Pennock:

“…an ethereal collection of songs framed around a familiar compositional ethos, but this time around, with an additional no holds barred urgency regarding the environmental state of our planet. And while most releases centered around dystopian futures usually only prophesize about possible catastrophic possibilities, Kelly’s music and imagery on ‘Farewell, Doom Planet!’ stand out because it places the listener directly in an environmentally tortured future that’s already here.”

Read the full review over on the blog!

The Letter review

Blair Millen from The Letter just posted an 8/10 review rating for Farewell, Doomed Planet! alongside a very thoughtful analysis that’s still making me blush. For example, “…while Whaliens is as good as anything by Loscil and Cosmonaut Chorus is sibling-rivalry to Julianna Barwick, this is a distinctly unique take on electronic music that demands celebration.” You can read the full review over on the blog.