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Ejecta – Dominae (Driftless Recordings)

“Let me see you stripped down to the bone.” It’s hard not to expunge these Depeche Mode lyrics when diving into Ejecta’s exposed demeanor. Beyond what appears to be photography of a nude study, Ejecta likes to be nude, what seems like all the time. Google image her and you have a laundry list of nude photography that leaves little to the imagination. But all of this wraps around her latest album Dominae, and that stripped presence bleeds into the exposed lyrics and delicate synth pop.

It’s hard not to compare her voice, her lyrical presence and the silky synth pop to someone like Kate Bush or Sinead O’Conner. Although she is no Kate Bush, it’s unavoidable for a reference point where you cannot decide whether Dominae fits into a 4AD or ZTT continuum.

“Mistress” starts out like the night time has extinguished most life form. The streets are all quiet and the sky flutters down with snowflakes. A wintry chill leaves to a cool indoor ecstasy. Like a simplistic OMD song, she sings with as much confidence as her album cover, and also as much artistic integrity. As the electronic beat pulsates, the song becomes a warming charm that opens the door to a sincere album.

“It’s Only Love” is an anti-love song that has every right to make you fall in love than the lyrics profess. It’s a gorgeous sway as Ejecta’s voice makes you sit there with mouth agape. It’s a fickle position that could easily go astray. I have experienced albums where vocal chanteuses focus too much on the chantreuse image that the core elegance gets washed away. Ejecta is sincere and concentrates on the art of the word where her music is put out there and nothing more.

There is no mystery to “Afraid of the Dark,” there is no disilusion to the darkwave prowess of “Silver.” Her sound follows the curvature of her vocal chords and the passion of non-emotion to a highly emotionally passionate feeling. A song like this evades ecstasy, but you know it looms somewhere nearby.

All of this stems from four-track bedroom pop that these songs stemmed from. A twilight-tempered minimalism still peaks through on these songs. The magic this recording builds on is something more. Not every song benefits from the same heart beat that quickens on others, but the balance is right.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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