Sail a Whale - Clay Body (EP) - Review
There’s not an awful lot said about Sail a Whale, the Swedish duo of David Kyhlberg and Sebastian Rozenberg, and maybe for all intents and purposes it’s best kept that way. Their latest effort “Clay Body” a three track EP released on Swedish cult label Sincerely Yours, continues with the duo’s mystical aura, awash with sustained vocals and flushed down with heavy reverb. Just over a minute long “In Question”, is the first track. Starting out with more exotic percussive and string sounds, the Balearica of Sail a Whale marches with militaristic drums snaking around ghostly echoes. Short, but sweet.
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Following track featuring Team Rockit, is perhaps the EP’s most notable. Titled “Blackboxing” the same meandering echoes appear on the track, but this type sharply-cut with members Gregorian and Ikaros’ thrashing hip-hop vocals. However, the heavy raps eventually fade away to Team Rockit’s softer, dreamier textures with the boys Gregorian and Ikaros repeating “långsamt, långsamt” (translation: slowly, slowly) before Rockit vocalist Merely seals off the track in her most heavenly vocals.
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Although not as hard-hitting as their track with Team Rockit, the third and final track is title track “Clay Body”. Looping piano arpeggios and slowed vocals, build over the architecture of its deeply-layered and reverb-drenched echoes. Choral melodies arch over the songs hooks, gloriously ending in an ocean of Balearic calm.
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"Clay Body" by Sail a Whale is available for purchase on Sincerely Yours and comes with a USB bracelet and postcard. A rather cryptic and nonsensical accompanying note about the album appears alongside and is as follows:
"The black box is enclosed in a clay body with an ancient style when it’s excavated from the financial data center. The entropy was almost ironic in its symbolic connotations; the tier 4 facility literally collapsing on itself, not from neglect but a faulty code in an upload from the 3D printer. Like an image file converted to a txt file, with an ASCII image of a greek clay vessel inserted into the text flow. things break, poses fold, we’d like to give you a straight account for once. post-interiors, logo inheritance.