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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 3 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matad
  • ASIN: B00000K3KR
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pick Up
2. Randy Costanza
3. Dork At 12 O'Clock
4. That's What You Get With People Like That On Cruises Like These...
5. Oh Blimey!
6. The Burglars Are Coming!
7. Superfluity
8. Snappy & Cocky
9. Five Star Shamberg
10. Chris The Birthday Boy
11. Athens, Ohio
12. Escargot!
13. Another Tune Like 'Not Fade Away'
14. That'll Be $22.95

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AKA Elisabeth Esselink. This Record is Made Entirely from Bootlegged Samples from Jazz, Classical and Pop/Rock Concerts.

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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

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I am not really a fan of contemporary "electronic" music, but ever since I picked up (no pun intended) this CD on a whim a few weeks ago, it has not left my CD player. Solex is the most refreshing and original "band" that I have ever had the pleasure to hear, and having discovered them purely by accident just makes this CD all the more special.
Solex is definitely not just another pretentious "electronica" outfit putting out boring, repetitive techno beats with pseudo-hip samples bleeping and blooping all over the place. In fact, this barely sounds like an "electronic" album at all. Elisabeth Esselink has an amazing talent for "playing" her samples as if it were a real life musical instrument (and from what I understand, she actually does NOT use sequencers when recording or playing her songs live and triggers all the samples manually, which makes her talent all the more amazing). In fact, if you didn't know that the bulk of the sounds on her records come from sampled bootlegs of live musicians and obscure "unsellable" CD's and LP's, you would think that Solex is an actual "band", with real musicians playing all the parts. What sets Solex apart from the typical breed of electronica yawnmeisters out there today is that Esselink actually can write a compelling SONG, complete with memorable, insidiously catchy melodies, shifting drum patterns and very unusual, yet highly compelling vocal stylings. The fact that the samples she uses are *really* cool (theres a LOT of neat samples of different jazz licks) just adds to her already-solid composition skills.
Admittedly, her lyrics are ridiculous. But that's part of the appeal of Solex.
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I am not really a fan of contemporary "electronic" music, but ever since I picked up (no pun intended) this CD on a whim a few weeks ago, it has not left my CD player. Solex is the most refreshing and original "band" that I have ever had the pleasure to hear, and having discovered them purely by accident just makes this CD all the more special.
Solex is definitely not just another pretentious "electronica" outfit putting out boring, repetitive techno beats with pseudo-hip samples bleeping and blooping all over the place. In fact, this barely sounds like an "electronic" album at all. Elisabeth Esselink has an amazing talent for "playing" her samples as if it were a real life musical instrument (and from what I understand, she actually does NOT use sequencers when recording or playing her songs live and triggers all the samples manually, which makes her talent all the more amazing). In fact, if you didn't know that the bulk of the sounds on her records come from sampled bootlegs of live musicians and obscure "unsellable" CD's and LP's, you would think that Solex is an actual "band", with real musicians playing all the parts. What sets Solex apart from the typical breed of electronica yawnmeisters out there today is that Esselink actually can write a compelling SONG, complete with memorable, insidiously catchy melodies, shifting drum patterns and very unusual, yet highly compelling vocal stylings. The fact that the samples she uses are *really* cool (theres a LOT of neat samples of different jazz licks) just adds to her already-solid composition skills.
Admittedly, her lyrics are ridiculous. But that's part of the appeal of Solex.
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To my mind, there's nothing as good as "Solex in a Slipshod Style" here--though the first two tracks come close--but it's much less uneven than the previous CD, and the arrangements are more varied and playful. She sounds like she's having lots more fun this time around! Still, despite all its charm, there's definitely a certain sameness to "Pick Up" after a few listens. My solution was to compile a half-hour CD by choosing my favorite tracks from this one and "Hitmeister."
I have to point out that despite what many reviewers have claimed, "Solex vs. the Hitmeister" had live instruments all over it! Four musicians are credited on that CD (they play drums, piano, guitar, cello, bass, melodica, saxophone, and clarinet). Recorded surreptitiously in the back of a record store? Maybe some of it was...the samples, perhaps. On this release, there are guest musicians as well, and yet Amazon's description above says that it consists entirely of music "bootlegged" from obscure records. Obviously Elisabeth herself is not trying to hoodwink anyone, since she lists her collaborators prominently. So do people just read Matador's press releases and believe whatever they say, or is it a case of desperate music fans hypnotizing themselves in order to find something more about Solex to love?
(Regarding an earlier review...I'd say that Solex sounds more like a cross between the Mo-Dettes, Malaria, and the Bachelors, Even. And I think it's Dubuffet rather than Russolo who's dancing in some supercelestial realm...but gee, perhaps I'm being just a bit pedantic?)
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