On the face of it band called Drunk Elk is a hard sell, but this Tasmanian outfit has impeccable pedigree and any humour implied by that handle is of the most dismal, pessimistic kind. Led by the vocals of the aptly named Dave Askew, their brand of eavesdropped, slow-motion loner folk/DIY will surely strike a chord with fans of The Shadow Ring, Garbage & The Flowers’ Entlang and lathe stuff, and more recently Enhet For Fri Musik (in fact this 7” comes to us courtesy of I Dischi Del Barone, a label run by Enhet’s Matthias A.).
We’ve had a couple of Elk records in before – their self-titled LP on House Rules, a 2x7” on Black Petal, and a second-hand Wormwood Grasshopper side - and they’ve all sold quickly and quietly, without being much talked about, unsurprising perhaps as this is a music of small gestures, intensely private and fragile-feeling, which you instinctively want to keep to yourself and whose virtues you’d struggle to communicate to another human being anyway (this is us, struggling). Some people just get it.*
Two tracks on stamped white-label 7”, housed in a white cardboard sleeve with postcard attached and an 8-page booklet featuring a chapter from Askew’s story The Land Over The Ocean.
[*If this scratches your itch see also the recent Blue Chemise 7" on IDDB, another essential conjuring of "precarious and fucked late-night desolation" from the Southern Hemisphere].