TALL THINGS FALLING
RHIF/CATNO ANKST CD100 / CD ALBUM
SYCAMORE RASH/TO DREAM OF ACORNS/KINDLING/THE HORSE BEHIND THE FLOWER/MISMATTER AND MATCH/MY OWL/ APPARATUS ON MY MIND/GLOVE SOUP/PRIME PLANT LOCKS/ PHOTOS OF TOAST/BLACK LIME TREE/MEDDLING HOUR/ SPRING WITHOUT GREEN/
THE LATEST COLLECTION FROM THIS EXTRAORDINARY THREE PIECE FROM N.WALES.ANN MATTHEWS ( VOX.GUITAR) ALAN HOLMES ( GUITAR) AND MAEC HEWITT(DRUMS) SERVE UP A FITTING 100TH RELEASE FOR ANKST WITH THEIR THIRD COLLECTION OF UNCOMPRIMISING AND TOTALLY ORIGINAL GUITAR ROCK .
TRYDYDD CASGLIAD GAN UN O GRWPIAU MWYA UNIGRYW ANKST , RHYWLE RHWNG SONIC YOUTH, FAUST A ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE.
THE EARLIER ECTOGRAM ALBUM 'ALL BEHIND THE WITCHTOWER' WAS A LITTLE LIKE SONIC YOUTH RE-RECORDING THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE WICKER MAN . HERE THIS TRIO TAKE THINGS FURTHER , WITH WHAT SURELY AMOUNTS TO AN ALT ROCK TAKE ON 'HARKEN TO THE WITHES RUNE' THE PAGAN ALBUM ONCE RECORDED BY BBC CHILDRENS TV PRESENTER TONI ARTHUR .'TO DREAM OF ACORNS' SUMMONS BOTH NEW ORDER IN TRANCED OUT LIVE MODE AND THE HIGH GOTHIC , OF SAY ,COLERIDGE . KINDLING HAS ANN MATTHEWS'S APPEALING WISPY VOCALS ROLLING OVER LOVELY GUITAR CURLICUES . THE HILLS ARE ALIVE !
ROY WILKINSON Q MAGAZINE APRIL 2002
Ectogram's third album doesn't quite have the trio returning to the garage
per se after the rich blend of instruments familiar on earlier releases -
the same spirit of psychedelic queasiness, Krautrock groove and off-kilter
non-pop hooks dominates all. Alan Holmes, in particular, seems to whip up
more noise on his guitar than most construction sites could manage, but he's
able to touch on everything from swirling, liquid tones to scrabbling,
Ann Matthews is the key to it all, though, her sweetly mysterious singing
slipping through Maeyc Hewitt's shifting motorik rhythms and her own guitar
noise. Whether it's the righteous surge of "Apparatus On My Mind", which
captures something Stereolab seem too timid to fully try anymore, or the
cascading flow of "Sycamore Rash" - not to mention the 10-minute chug of
"Clove Soup" - Ectogram come up trumps throughout this instantly enjoyable
Careless Talk Costs Lives April 2002
Once you have played with notably unhinged Krautrock heroes Faust and
entitled a track Opal Soft Green Kumquat Of The Sun, then you know no fear.
Ectogram have done both these things, and done them while looking like
raddled hippies who live in sheds, and ? defying all received logic ? remain
That their third full-length is only a shade under 70 minutes, arrives in
possibly the worst sleeve Honk has ever seen, and boasts surely-piss-taking
titles once more (The Horse Behind The Flower; My Owl) shouldn't deter you
Tall Things Falling retains some of the loopy pastorality of 2000's All
Behind The Witchtower, but turns up the fuzz to leave Ectogram resembling a
Welsh Sonic Youth more than anything. To Dream Of Acorns owes more than a
little to the Youth's Teenage Riot, but is has enough individual momentum to
delight on its own terms.
Even when Ectogram blast into deep space (the ten-minute Glove Soup), it
always feels like songwriting - they never scrabble around in pools of
lysergic indulgence, always reigning this noise in tight to their chests.
It's one of the most individual, truly psychedelic records you'll hear for a
long time. But that doesn't mean you can't dig it too.
Honk/NME/Amazon March 2002
ALL BEHIND THE WITCHTOWER (ANKST 091) CD ALBUM
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT REGGAE ( ANKST069 ) CD / 12"DBL.
ELIOT'S VIOLET HOUR ( ANKST 079 ) CDS / 7" VINYL
SPOONICON E.P. ( ANKST 063 ) CDS / 7" VINYL