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Monday, May 3, 2010
ALBUM REVIEWS : EL BOY DIE - THE BLACK HAWK LADIES & TAMBOURINES
Well the label that brought you the debut from Valleys (see below, and that's Semprini Records) do also bring you another magnificent debut from El Boy Die. This debut from this Frenchman who has been a bit everywhere, is not a newcomer on the scene though as he worked with artists like Calvin Johnson (the legendary founder of the K-Records), noisemakers Trumans Water or Peel-fave Herman Dune. Anyone who is familiar with these names will know that it are the types of artists who do their stuff a bit different as they say and El Boy Die is no exception. Somewhere it's a bizarre mix from lo-fi folk (think Bon Iver), minimalistic singer-songwriting (think Elliot Smith) and modern psychedelica (think Besnard Lakes). All these ingredients may seem a bit unmixable but El Boy Die made a very coherent piece from it and just as all isn't enough he likes to add some unusual sounds in all that too which goes from a hornsection in Beirutstyle to Hare Krishna-choruses. It's definitely the type of record that demands several listenings but after a while you have a term in the mouth that sounds like a "potential classic"....