Dinky brings new album on Wagon Repair in October

05Aug09

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Following up on her unanimously acclaimed third album ‘ May Be Later’ (Vakant), Chilean artist and Berlin transplant Alejandra Iglesias conceived ‘Anemik’ entirely for the Wagon Repair label after being approached by label head Mathew Jonson.

A musing on femininity and the fine line between romance and delirium, ‘Anemik’ transcends borders in its range of influence and reflects consciousness in the fluidity and tangibly live origins of its creation. Recorded using analog equipment and acoustic instruments with a strong emphasis on voice, there is a wisdom and maturity to this work that suggests an artist in the prime of her life.

Opener ‘Childish’ builds from meditative beginnings with looped synth, wandering pads and wildfire percussive cycles that concoct a deep and dreamy landscape. ‘Romaniks’ creates space between electronic and acoustic spheres with Latin soaked beats encircling a subdued kick. Mantric vocal chants inject a mystical dimension to the affair, its psychedelic overtones continuing into ‘Westoid’, where Dinky’s vocal lament is complimented by the baritone accents of Los Updates enigmatic Jorge Gonzales.

‘Gold Fishes’ bubbles into being with processed choral scales, while ‘Rain Fallic’ is a mid tempo trip of lazy legato harmonies and epic Telecaster drones. Title track ‘Anemik’ is a restless electronic frenzy, with melodic and percussive elements feuding amidst staccato vocals, effervescent machine transmissions and a penetrating central kick.

‘Glacial’ opens with an aquatic brew of reverberant vocals and deep percussion that swims through murky pads and delayed keys to close. ‘Ceramik’ weaves a tight beat, with warm Rhodes accompaniment, live percussion and ramped vocal passages concocting a mesmeric floor worker for the early hours. A perfect example of the fluid, jam infused tone of the album as a whole. Thumbed melodic patterns and sonorous key stabs characterize ‘Glassic’, while ‘Skyped’ intertwines grandiose processed chorals, deep metallic percussion and leveling pads in a hypnotic malaise of storm and sweat.

The infectious arpeggiated melodies of ‘Epilepsia’ are invigorated by live Latin percussion and intermittently cooled by warm pad progressions in a contemplative ascent to close. ‘Fadik’ grips as a wonky love song set to cascading beats, strummed guitar and electronic emissions, while closing track ‘Nocturnal’ unsettles with moribund ambient shivers to complete the kaleidoscopic range of flavors and emotions offered by this most remarkable of records.
At times dreamy, at times nightmarish, at times romantic, at times befuddled, ‘Anemik’ is always quintessentially Dinky.

Artist: Dinky
Title: Anemik
Label: Wagon Repair, CA.
Cat: WAG 056
Date: 5 Oct 09

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