– THE QUIET RIOT –
This week, Pitchfork introduced the term ‘Conceptronica’ to the world – a pithy description for the way in which so much electronic music in the 2010s has felt like it belongs more in a museum than on a dancefloor.
And thank fuck for that, I say. All the best music is nerdy and sad and introspective anyway so why wouldn’t that be the case for the genre that’s most dominated by single blokes sitting in their bedrooms on their laptops.
London’s Elsa Hewitt is not a sad, lonely bloke (well, she’s not a bloke – I don’t know her well enough to comment on her state of mind nor general popularity or lack thereof). However, her music is very much in the Conceptronica non-genre. Built around guitar loops, field recordings and vocal harmonies, it’s a dreamy, dazed ‘n’ confused trip that is better suited to soundtracking a break-up than a blowout.
‘Tiny Dancer’, while not – sadly, in some ways – a tribute to the Elton John classic, is a shining example of that and the perfect slow immersion into her album ‘Citrus Paradisi’.
Like a perfect amalgam of notoriously gregarious, charismatic, definitely-not-single-blokes-on-laptops, Burial, Four Tet, Aphex Twin, Bonobo and Thom Yorke her music is simultaneously cerebral enough to engage the brain and compelling enough to get the toes tapping.
‘Citrus Paradisi’ is out now through ERH.
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– SV –