Label: Noiztank Cat: NTK012
Release date: 16/10/2017
Ike Yard recombine their music looking across decades of post punk, electronic, soundtracks and come out with some of their best yet and enough to last the next 20-30 years (in Ike Yard´s very own words). Originally founded in 1979 New York City, members Michael Diekmann (keyboard, guitar, vocals), Kenneth Compton (programming drums, synths arrangements, bass, guitar, vocals) and Stuart Argabright (programming drums, synths arrangements, distortion bass, keyboards, metal perc) reformed the band once in 2007 and again in 2010. Each time different and with new ambitions. This time ‘Sacred Machine’ EP is defined by detailed drum layers supported by multiple basses and keyboards, some off-timing beat patterns that turn in a second of synchrony into a straight four on the floor kick and first time vocal collaborations.
Composition wise ‘Sacred Machine’ EP is recorded as a ‘rehearsal’. As for Ike Yard songs would not be done so very many times in their existence, all threw in on each piece as they came into being. It sounds like a group that could have been doing records in Anthony Burgess and Stanley Kubrick´s ‘A Clockwork Orange’. ‘Night Klub’ revisits Ike Yard´s original ‘Night After Night’ from 1981 EP. ‘Sacred Machine’ might be familiar to those who caught Ike Yard dates in Europe between 2007-2014 as one of the extended jams prepared for the dark ambient shows. ‘Tear Drop’ night airport music with sweet vocals by Camella Lobo of Tropic Of Cancer is followed by ‘Spit’ that explores Ike Yard NCR style with jittery beats, clomping, stomping cross cut beats. ‘Slaves Of Janet’ featuring Erica Belle brings to mind scenes in an S&M parlour with unused lyrics from the Factory America LP recordings.