Ultra rare original CD issue of Earth Loop Recall's 2003 album 'Compulsion' (Wasp Factory Recordings).
These items are the last remaining in Ben McLees' personal stock, with only 8 copies available.
Includes download of album (not available separately) with 5 bonus download tracks - 'Futureless', 'Compulsion', 'Optimism Creeping In (remix)', 'Reconnect (live)' and 'Glass'.
"The Wasp Factory label’s very own sound-sculptors release their much-anticipated debut album - and you know what? It’s a bit of a good ‘un.
Now, when I describe Earth Loop Recall as ‘sound sculptors’, I’m not indulging in typical reviewer-hyperbole (at least, not *this* time). This band doesn’t so much make music, as carve songs out of blocks of raw sound. Compulsion is packed with dense, intense, towering slabs of guitar-fuelled contemporary rock noise. It’s an exhilarating racket, but be warned: there’s no holding back here. Sit and listen to this album in one go, and it’ll leave you drained and breathless afterwards. Earth Loop Recall have a very simple aim: to take the listener on a wide-eyed, white knuckle ride...and someone’s disconnected the brakes.
The name of My Bloody Valentine is often dropped as a handy comparison when Earth Loop Recall are being described, and there’s certainly an element of MBV’s relentless, insistent, overwhelming rush of sound in ELR’s own music. You could, perhaps, also namecheck Sonic Youth, in their early, experimental period, before they recorded ‘Goo’ and went all bubblegum-punk on us. I’ve seen Nine Inch Nails mentioned as another point of comparison, although I’m not entirely convinced by this one. Sure, there’s certainly the odd hint of NIN-ness in the Earth Loop Recall noise (particularly ‘Reconnect’, which adventurous DJs could probably mix quite effectively with ‘Head Like A Hole’) but in truth ELR really don’t touch base with any of the usual goth/industrial influences. They’re coming from a different place: the out-there end of the post-punk scene, when to be ‘alternative’ meant something more than just recycled Beatles riffs and cartoon belligerence. Earth Loop Recall - last of the true alternative bands? Or part of a gathering tide of indie-with-attitude? Probably a bit of both.
The Earth Loop Recall sound is firmly based around The Mighty Electric Guitar. There are layers and layers and layers of guitar here, racked up and up over weirdly effective electronic atmospheres and programmed rhythms which swing along with such verve you’d hardly believe it’s all done by machinery. Check out ‘Petra Lena’ for a confident, broad-brush mash-up of programming and laminated guitars, or ‘Please Stop Hurting Me’, with its effortless command of dynamics. One minute it’s a slight little thing, a wistful ballad of lost love, then suddenly it leaps up and bites you like a dog, and the lyrics get quite venomously sardonic: ‘You don’t mix well with alcohol/You don’t mix well with chemicals...’ I would also recommend to your attention the weirdly groovy ‘Optimism Creeping In’, with that odd little guitar-jangle, like John McGeogh just happened to be strolling past the studio at the crucial moment, and then that big, bad, rev-up of a chorus, with the electronic rhythm, down in the mix, subtly but relentlessly nudging everything along. It’s all so neatly put together - this is certainly a band who know their music inside and out. Right at the end, ‘Remember Me’ trips you up, for it’s a neat little spooky-orchestral instrumental, an unexpected moment of come-down after the roaring and clamouring that preceded it.
This is a tremendously assured debut, and, with ‘nuff respect to the other acts on Wasp Factory’s roster, top quality artists all, possibly the most fully-realised, the most *complete* release the label has ever put out. In short - it’s damn fine stuff.
Now all you need to do is go out and buy it." - Starvox
"ELR have delivered a bloody good album here. Sitting firmly in the ‘Industrial’ camp, this is UK Industrial at it’s best – male vocals front the band while distorted guitars and sequencers provide the musical canvas. I can safely say that there is no EBM styled tracks on this album – it’s Industrial to the core, and could prove to be the breath of fresh air Industrial-heads have been after for a long time. This album oozes passion and dedication. The emotion behind the vocals is all too clear, and you are left in no doubt that a lot of thought has gone into this release. But before I bang on anymore about ELR, who do they sound like? While it’s unfair to try and label the band, for those who have not experienced the ELR sound, I feel that this is important. I caught traces of (early) NIN, Radiohead, Mesh and even a bit of PWEI.
Back to the review, and there are some blinding tracks on here – ‘Please Stop Hurting Me’ combines a melodic intro, with a soundscape that can best be described as driving rage and passion coming in after a few seconds. This is great stuff, and sure to fill a dance floor near you soon. For a tune that gets in your head and stays there, look no further than ‘Petra Lena’, a thought provoking number that has a rhythm that is so hard to shake out of your mind. But it’s not all angst and guitars – ‘Slowly Going Under’ is a much slower number (the kind of track that would be at home on the soundtrack for ‘The Crow’) and shows off the talent on offer here from the band. All of the vocal scales are given a workout here with no loss of musical ability. Stunning! But if you’re out to judge sheer musicianship, then look no further than the instrumental ‘Wake Up Shaking’ – weighing in at just over 5 minutes, this track showcases the musical talent on offer here nicely. The best track on the album has to be ‘Optimism Creeping In’ – a sheer powerhouse of a track with rampaging drum loops and grinding guitars. You’ll wreck/mosh yourself silly to this one! Sound production on the album cannot be faulted. Once again, time and commitment paying off by the bucket load here. I cannot recommend this album enough – this is THE new face of the UK Industrial scene, and if ELR can keep this up, they will be the new benchmark by which others are judged! Buy it, play it, and play it loud!!" - Hard Wired Magazine
"Unsettling in its sheer enormity yet thoroughly enthralling from start to finish, ‘Compulsion’ is a towering inferno of electro-fused rock that instantly moves Earth Loop Recall into Industrial’s top circle. Not content with merely tethering carefully-scripted techno-surges to the genre’s relentlessly caustic riffage, there’s teeth-clenched bile deep at work here that rips pages from ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ and slashes that deep punk heritage through its very heart. It’s big, sweating electro dynamite that somehow manipulates industrial rock into something strangely feral and gleefully degenerate. Amazing stuff that’ll leave you panting for breath." - Logo
"Quartet Earth Loop Recall, a Wasp Factory's pride is releasing their album this month. Press release we've received (and that I read only after been listening three times to the CD) reffers several times to NIN style and that's exactly the first band I related their music to. So, at least now we have a comparison, but... We are not talking about NIN clones, but rather about a band that gathered many stiles like crossover, industrial and electronic, which makes them suitable to metal scene as well as the darkwave/industrial nights. Energy to the max without brutality, songs constructed and studied in the smallest details...
Earth Loop Recall seems not only be able to make a good album, but also a great live show. While waiting for their performance in your town, drink few Red Bulls to speed you up, then put this CD in and play it loud (tested)!
Additional compliments go to the CD cover. One of the best I've seen lately." - Neversun
"Whilst one hates to state the obvious, sometimes you just can't help yourself. So here goes. If you're tired of waiting for Trent Reznor to return to the big beat industrial noise he achieved most of his success with, then Earth Loop Recall is the place to be.
But don't panic, for they are much more than a Nine Inch Nails tribute band. Otherwise, I'd be having a very dull time. Earth Loop Recall add in enough twists and turns of their own, mixing in their industrial vibes with nods to the alt rock world of My Bloody Valentine, with slabs of feedback battling against the computer.
"Compulsion" is an excellent release, standing proud amongst its antecedents, able to fight amongst the big boys. It's hard to be different in a genre hidebound by its comparatively restrictive rules, but Earth Bound Recall manage this. They've taken the beats of NIN, melded in the aforementioned feedback, tied it in to the rage of punk, and unleashed a sheer slab of fury. Opening track "Reconnect" is one of the more brutal offerings, revelling in its anti-sound, but it's the deep and dubby "Petra Lena" that keeps calling me back for more.
If you're wondering why this belongs within the confines of MetalUK, then the answer to your question is guitars. Layers and layer and layers of guitars, blasting out of the speakers, washing you away in a torrent of astonishing noise. In a just world, "Please Stop Hurting Me" would be the number one record du jour, one of many lovelorn numbers, and the least disguised one. Until the bile and venom of the lyrics click in! Essential." - Metal UK
"Now this is what classic industrial music is made of. Machine gun artillery fed guitars, at times almost riffing like Sabbath, Reznor style synth builds, vocals that go from hell to mainline depression, and great songs that blend subtle with the overwhelming. It is fitting this band is on Warp Factory from the UK, a label which has been at the forefront of excellent electronic music for a couple of years at least now. The songs are what make this a great album; beginning with "Reconnect" the band takes you through stages of a complete mental and physical breakdown. Right off the bat, you're so fuckin' high in the first number you're never coming down, as vocalist Ben McLees tells you plainly with a well placed "Fuck You!" Cut two is also killer keeping together with "Mesh" in fine darkwave tradition. ELR also gets really deep in electronica with "Petra Lena", sounding very layered and emocore as the song shifts around a slightly goth influence. What follows though, is straight up a hit single, "Please Stop Hurting Me". It too is about partying hard to numb oneself and the inevitable comedown that comes, but the song has three or four distinct parts that take it beyond the simple " dark pop" formula and more in the line of what vintage Pink Floyd would do if they were an industrial band. Use of loops and samples is prominent throughout Compulsion, part of the credit has to go to primary keyboardist Joanna Quail, who has a keen sense of arpeggio and ambience. The beauty of the band's craftiness as a whole is well painted accross the black skies of the music's sonic identity. Overall, pieces like "Let Yourself" explore the art of polyphonic texturing to the max, while retaining a solid rock n roll sans funk groove. Another good example of how the band can mix dance, depth and It takes time, and a good bit of talent, to get songs like these to come accross neither too falsified or simply good sequences. I hand that prize over to the lyrics and vocals, they present an almost unescapable darkness, but it's in a sly night at the pub kinda way. If this band can pull off the same feel live, and retain the pure drive of these songs, they will maintain their mantle in the hall of the greats." - Electroid Dancezine
"8/10" - Rocksound
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Originally released in January 2005 as a download-only single from the Earth Loop Recall website.
released February 23, 2004
Music: Ben McLees, Mark Waterhouse & Gareth Small.
Lyrics: Ben McLees.