Thereâ€™s not much to say in words about the latest release by the still-anonymous Eleh. Important Recordsâ€™ website is blandly descriptive, but certain phrases are important: â€śdeeply personal/spiritualâ€ť work with sound that â€śhas been inspired by the physical world.â€ť These offer a few perceptive clues as to Elehâ€™s program.
Aside from the basic frame of reference, weâ€™re left with only the incredible music on the disc â€“ four long-form analog synth pieces, pounding insistently, overtones beating, bass tones, digging into a trance state. Itâ€™s all very minimal and organic, but somehow thrillingly intense.
Itâ€™s also interesting that this is a CD reissue of a previous vinyl release (on Important in 2010). Focusing on the â€śphysical presence of sound,â€ť Eleh manages to draw attention to the physical presence of the format as well. I havenâ€™t heard the vinyl, but I have to think it would bring out different qualities in these immense sounds than the CD does, with its crispness and immediacy. Highlighting these physical differences in music thatâ€™s also so beautiful is further proof of Elehâ€™s refined approach, which like nature itself is supremely ele(h)gant in its simplicity.