AKA Elisabeth Esselink. This Record is Made Entirely from Bootlegged Samples from Jazz, Classical and Pop/Rock Concerts.
The way that Elisabeth Esselink, aka Solex, creates her très moderne
dance music is both disarmingly simple and ingenuous. ForPick Up
, her second album, the songstress holed out underneath a second-hand record store in Amsterdam for three months, venturing out only to bootleg live concerts (classical, jazz, pop) on her hand-held tape recorder. To these samples--cut-up and cleverly dispersed--were added live drum pattens and a curiously disembodied female voice, plus a few off-kilter atmospheric noises. The result is bewitching and genuinely disorientating. Tracks like the chunky "Dork At 12 O'Clock" and bewildering "That'll Be $22.95" sound like a disco-fied, stilted take on Japanese high-voiced pop, with the surface gloss and sheen amplified to the nth degree. You could call Elisabeth the female Beck
... only she's way too original for easy comparisons. Excellent. --Everett True