ERIC RANDOM Words Made Flesh
Eric Random is a multi-instrumentalist from Manchester. He formed The Tiller Boys with Pete Shelley in the late 70s, released a solo album in 1980 and then fronted the group The Bedlamites. At that time, a lot of world music influences appeared in Eric's music. The group was also Nico's band during her last years, and Random the bandleader. Ties were formed with the Sheffield music scene, and soon Cabaret Voltaire worked with Eric, producing the seminal album Time-Splice. In the 1990s Eric reformed another side project of his, The Free Agents. A whole album was recorded, but only two tracks ever saw the light of day. After a longer hiatus Eric returned to the scene with his solo album Man Dog in 2014 and started playing live again. Klanggalerie are now proud to present the all-new album Words Made Flesh. It is dancier than Man Dog, and the world music traces have disappeared. On one song, Random has teamed up with Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire and more recently Wrangler. Watch out for Eric live in 2016. Tracklist: 1. In Blood 2. Phobic 3. Arc Light 4. Conspiracy Complete 5 .In Flesh 6. Let It Go 7. Radio Silence 8. Go Figure 9. Acetylene Dream 10. Sweet Suffering 11. Anyone You Know 12. Between Light And Shadow. Price: € 17,-/copy incl worldwide shipping. Low stock!
Eric Random‘s role in alternative music is sometimes lost in the liner notes: here he is playing tablas on Cabaret Voltaire’s Micro-Phonies; there he is adding adding texture on the Cabs’ 2×45. He pops up as a percussionist on Psychic TV’s “Love, War, Riot,” producing and playing on the feted Some Bizarre compilation, and standing next to Nico on her tour of Eastern Europe. (...) Words Made Flesh provides a dozen slices of exceptional dance material. The real reason Avicii retired might be that he decided he couldn’t do anything as groovy as “Phobic,” and William Orbit would probably find affinity with “Arc Light.”
The year isn’t half over, but Words Made Flesh is a serious contender for the album of the year. The acid bites of “Let It Go” are a reminder of the power of the accent in an 8-step sequence, while there is real magic in the more sinister “Go Figure” – the latter a collaboration with Stephen Mallinder. There are Eastern influences in “Conspiracy Complete” that represent a complete update of the experimental sound that came from the Cabs camp back in the 80s.
(Cold War Night Life, May 2016)
Random had been a fixture on the so-called post-punk scene before steering his experimental ship into disctinctly more electronic waters. Words Made Flesh bears a resemblance to 90s era Cabaret Voltaire which becomes less surprising after learning that Cabs-now-Wrangler luminary Stephen Mallinder breathes all over one of the highlights on this Klangallerie release, Go Figure. Typically urbane and insistent, this track and the preceding Radio Silence signify something of a centrepiece - electronic beats delivered with minimal deviation yet possessing muscularity and beauty in its grooves with Koyaanisqatsi-style forboding. Those currently warming to Wrangler, Vessels, John Foxx and the Maths or Pantha du Prince might do well to invest in Words Made Flesh.
(Flipside Reviews, May 2016)
O ile poprzedni album Randoma dzielił się na dwie części – mechaniczne electro i bujające downtempo – tak ten najnowszy ma zdecydowanie bardziej energetyczne i mroczne brzmienie. Sporo tu ciężkiego house’u i techno w stylu przełomu lat 80 i 90., przypominającego ówczesne dokonania wspomnianych Cabaret Voltaire („In Blood” czy „Let It Go””), a w jednym utworze rozbrzmiewa nawet charakterystycznie przetworzony wokal Stephena Mallindera („Go Figure”). Nie brak tu jednak też zapamiętanego z „Man Dog” electro – ale tym razem jest w nim miejsce zarówno na wokoderowe śpiewy, jak i etniczne melodie („Arc Light” i „Complete Conspiracy”). (...) Eric Random rewolucjonizował elektronikę ponad trzy dekady temu – teraz więc może sobie nagrywać takie niezobowiązujące płyty dla przyjemności swojej i naszej. Mimo, że wszystko to już dawno słyszeliśmy, te typowe dla początku lat 90. dźwięki brzmią dzisiaj po ta długiej przerwie zaskakująco świeżo. I co najważniejsze – jest w nich mnóstwo efektownych melodii, od których obecne techno czy nawet house stronią jak diabeł od święconej wody. Nic więc dziwnego, że utwory z „Words Made Flesh” wyróżnia się swym staroświeckim wdziękiem na tle współczesnej elektroniki.
(Nowa Muzyka, November 2016)
Pole position for 2016 didn’t go to an obvious choice with a hipster following on Facebook. Eric Random has come and gone from the music scene over the years, but is most closely associated with Cabaret Voltaire and its Doublevision label. Random’s return in 2016 with Words Made Flesh kept some of the indie-industrial vibe from his earlier recordings, but was notable for repositioning dance music as something with character and texture. With influences drawn from world music, Random breathed new life into electronica, as this stand-out track demonstrates. (Words Made Flesh being no 1 in their 2016 charts).
(Cold War Night Life, December 2016)
A twelve track set of highly moveable tunes with and without Randoms suave half-spoken vocal, either wielded (vaguely) straight from the cuff or linked with precision processing. Eric loves a little eastern spice but here the high percentage is western influence. the easy option would be to say kraftwerkian, but there are far more levels to these flesh and words. (...) I prefer to think of the whole as a new form of organic tech for now, right now, beautiful and intrinsically textured. The key is that Words made flesh provides such an immediate soulful uplift - despite the real world itself being in such dour straights - its vast depth and broad range of patterning, all so bright and bubbling. In essence this is an electronic pop album of rare mobility and class. Painting light from darkness, with slivers of interjecting Burroughs and a little Mallinder Wrangler-mangling vitamin. If only this was available in tablet form to pop in a glass of water first thing in the morning for a fast intake of effervescent sparkle.
(For All And None, December 2018)