Review: Echoes Therein Gale feat. Kenji Siratori - Virgin Clone (2008)


artist: Echoes Therein Gale feat. Kenji Sir­at­ori
release: Vir­gin Clone
format: CD
year of release: 2008
label: Self-released
dur­a­tion: 26:44

Vir­gin Clone is a col­lab­or­a­tion between Greek electronic/ambient pro­ject Echoes Therein Gale and Japan­ese writer and noise musi­cian Kenji Sir­at­ori. It’s a six track EP of elec­tronic tracks, over­laid with spoken word in Japan­ese by Sir­at­ori.

Some of the tracks, like the first, fea­ture a steady mid-tempo elec­tro beat and synth melod­ies, while oth­ers, such as the second one, are more ambi­ent in nature. Other touches are added here and there, such as acous­tic gui­tar on “Clos­ure Sun”. It’s a pity that most people won’t be able to fol­low Siratori’s lyr­ics here, but the deliv­ery of the lines - some­times calm, some­times strong and aggress­ive - sup­ple­ments the atmo­sphere of the music. The cyber­punk them­at­ics of Siratori’s exper­i­mental prose shine through some­what in the titles.

On the whole, I can’t say I’m extremely enthu­si­astic about the arti­fi­cial syn­thy sound of the album, though argu­ably it fits the indus­trial side of the cyber­punk genre, which how­ever, also con­tains enough organic ele­ments, which wouldn’t have hurt this album either, had they been included. All the same, Vir­gin Clone is a very catchy and enjoy­able short elec­tron­ics EP. The title track with its steady beat is the def­in­ite high­light. Recom­men­ded if you enjoy elec­tronic music with a bit of a futur­istic and dysto­pian atmo­sphere.

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

1. Para­noia Womb (6:25)
2. Ter­minal Gene (5:41)
3. Clos­ure Sun (2:47)
4. Soul Gram (4:01)
5. Uter­ine Machine (3:27)
6. Vir­gin Clone (4:23)