In his erudite, intense, dense, philosophical, naked, occasionally esoteric, but endlessly fascinating essays and diary entries, which accompany this nearly-five-years-in-the-making, three-disk Mi Guajeo - Various - Africa Boogaloo: The Latinization Of West Africa, Martyn Bates reveals himself to be a master of wordplay on par with Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel, and other poets-turned-musicians-turned-novelists-turned-raconteurs.
They are also indelibly linked to the music that accompanies them. Keyboards found their way into more tracks as the years progressed, but not the swishy synths that flooded the pop charts and airwaves.
His solo recordings are more sedate and electronic than the group tracks included herein, so this may be a welcome respite from the pulse-raising live cuts and early EiG outtakes.
So put another log on the fire, pour another glass of something strong and warm, and settle in for a soul-baring set of intimate confessionals. Purchasers will also be able to download a fourth disc, Mythic Language Extraswhich unfurls an additional 10 unreleased studio recordings, outtakes, musical poems courtesy of several Shannon Smith sessions, ca. A monstrous cacophony of throbbing industrial rhythms, scat vocalizing, and hypnotic musique concrete, it only makes us want to hear the album even more.
Even at the time of their debut l. Hymns to alienation and clenched-fist posturings were never really in their vocab. They also seemed to draw from a far wider palette of influences. Have a listen to the Country Bizarre c. Not in your or my philosophy. Their roots perhaps? Though I could be way off beam here. Difficult as it is to name favourites Fixation Vol. There are clearly no winners. Morningsinging comes as the third and final instalment and The Sun-Like-Gold - Eyeless In Gaza - Mythic Language a number of radio sessions made by Martyn Bates performing under the solo spotlight.
Sparse arrangements seem to be the order of the day here, but these are full to the brim with emotional content. Very highly recommended! Back in the early s Eyeless In Gaza would stand facing each other on stage with guitars, keyboards and drums in a way that you might expect a synth pop duo to set up. But rather than the mannered aloofness that was the hallmark of the era, these The Sun-Like-Gold - Eyeless In Gaza - Mythic Language young men with severe haircuts were deadly serious.
What strikes most about the live tracks from is their rawness. The duo were Fire Queen - May Blitz - May Blitz and Egg Box Mask is a treasure trove of unreleased studio recordings from Although more controlled, the music is still difficult to categorise. There are reedy organ washes reminiscent of early Pink Floyd, with Pete Becker wordlessly intoning; riffs of a Joy Division-like severity; and vocal bloodletting from Bates that occasionally recalls Suicide.