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As we closed in on the end of this year of years Massachusetts institution Magik Markers presented us with the wild ride of a new album called simply “2020”; a free-ranging journey beyond the mainstream of rock and into some chaotic landscapes. Here’s the ramshackle psychedelic glory of “CDROM”:

The possessed-sounding “CDROM” takes guitarist Elisa Ambrogio’s stream-of-conciousness storytelling, with Pete Nolan’s tumbling drums keeping things on edge and John Shaw’s bass holding everything together. Things get weird. That’s a Magik Markers trademark, as well as 2020 (the year) feature.

The songs on “2020” have the unpredictable dangerous energy of early Sonic Youth and also the wild unhinged fire of The Velvet Underground at their incendiary noisy best. But that doesn’t mean this is some retro-fuelled re-grouping of familiar touchstones.

Throughout “2020” Magik Markers take their own hard-to-define path through the wreckage, subverting any stylistic norms. Delicate in places, blasts of sonic energy in other places, from Ambrogio’s extraordinary untethered guitar playing which takes uncharted improvisational flights, in a psychedelic post-punk / experimental noise-rock kind of way.

So buckle up and take a trip through “2020” with Magik Markers.

Elisa Ambrogio

Accidentally stumbled (oK Tumblrd) across this song “Superstitious” from Elisa Ambrogia.

The following helpful information about Elisa Ambrogio is provided by her label, Drag City Records ” A new solo voice in the wilderness, speak-singing for the down-by-the-reservoir set. Gurl-group pleas and the rhyming of noise with boys are just part of the blur-eyed fun.”

Which is nothing and everything. Elisa is perhaps better known from the band Magic Markers. “Superstitious” is enough to have me impulse-buying the album. There’s a grainy lo-fi DIY spirit here and the music is like a dream-pop version of Jesus & Mary Chain’s debut ‘Psychocandy’ with some early Tall Dwarfs style looped-up percussion and layered minimal instrumentation and voice – simple, repetitive, familiar, melodic, elegiac… and filled with wonder.

“Superstitious” is from an album released on Drag City Records last month called “The Immoralist”. The video for “Superstitious” is by Naomi Yang (of Damon & Naomi/ Galaxie 500 etc.)

When trying to find out a bit more I found this video for a song pairing Elisa’s voice with the guitar playing of Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) under the name 200 Years. Also minimal and perfect. Another rabbit hole of wonderful music to get lost down… There’s an interview with Elisa on Tiny Mix tapes here..