Alder And Elius ‎– Parental Guidance

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Skam ‎– SKALD003
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1 Sickness In Gandahar 3:57
2 Luna Pier 5:06
3 Hung Merci Tear 6:50
4 Baretta 4:44
5 Terry's Medication 4:04
6 Revolving Squiggle Drum 4:13
7 Irksome 1:05
8 Alarm Tatter 4:42
9 Avatar Blackwolf 7:11
10 Preclovis 4:59
11 Ingenius Allude 4:09
12 Irie's Eyes 4:01
13 Darkest Hour 3:18
14 Realization Of Kira 6:02

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scoundrel

scoundrel

November 11, 2015
edited about 1 year ago

Alder & Elius' debut, PARENTAL GUIDANCE, seems part and parcel of the early Skam aesthetic: standard beats, angular melodies. "Sickness In Gandahar" has a definite 80s electro influence to its percussion before the bits of icy melody creep in, while "Luna Pier" sounds like an attempt to liven up a factory work line. "Hung Merci Tear" has a subdued twitchiness and the longer drawled tones of "Baretta" sit atop a more aggressive rhythm. The chopped up voice of "Terry's Medication" adds a slight paranoia, but the sharp high tones and solid kick drum of "Alarm Tatter" bring a steadiness. "Avatar Blackwolf" goes further into outer space with its sample (though its percussion keeps it defiantly earthbound), while "Preclovis" chugs along like a slow steam engine. The deeper "Irie's Eyes" has a delicate edge to it, and the quasi-tribal rhythms of "Realization Of Kira" take the album out on a more thoughtful note. While pleasant, the album doesn't quite stand out much from the run-of-the-mill IDM pack.
Globe199

Globe199

January 19, 2011
edited over 6 years ago

Interesting reviews here. I haven't listened to this in nearly ten years, but I dug it out and gave it a spin. I recall rather enjoying it when it was new. Sound-wise it's definitely a product of its time, but of course that isn't a bad thing at all; this was produced during one of IDM's golden ages. The melodies and percussion remind me of Funkstorung and David Fakesch's solo stuff (now there're two acts that seem to have sadly disappeared -- though I'm dating myself, naturally). I think the comparisons to Boards of Canada are off-base. The sound isn't that close; and it's not fair to say that they tried to "cash in," especially (A) considering that this genre of music doesn't exactly fly off the proverbial shelves and (B) pretty much nobody could live up to BoC at that time.

Anyway, this is a pretty decent album. Which is funny, since it isn't rated highly. But when you compare it with some of the pure nonsense that Skam has published in the ensuing years (Wevie Stonder anyone?), I don't see how you can really fault this record. I now remember making an association with it and 9/11/2001 because that's around when I first heard it. Being a somewhat dark piece of music, its more ominous tracks echo for me the terrible events of that day. Some of the more combative tracks like Baretta, Terry's Medication, and Alarm Tatter conjure up almost military images -- and certainly they remind me of watching news reports of the subsequent Afghanistan invasion. Could Avatar Blackwolf (one of my favourites here) be a codename for a covert operation in the Hindu Kush?
noviellion

noviellion

December 17, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
I havent the slightest idea what type of equipment these two use but sounds in this album remind me of old Front 242 with the 1/4 percussion repeats/rolls and low bit note/drones. Very nostaligic for today (except for you electro-pop seekers) but you could get sick of the format in about 3 songs. How they got aquainted with Skam records seems perplexing as simple and uneventfull as their music is.