In association with Norman Records, The Quietus have crowned Gazelle Twin’s second album, UNFLESH as their Album Of The Year in 2014. Hugely gratifying news for us as a not even fully functioning label. We look forward to more of the same in 2015.
Here’s what John Doran had to say about the LP:
“When listing my own favourite LPs recently it was near impossible to choose my number two album this year. I really felt that there was barely anything in terms of sheer enjoyability and quality separating Jane Weaver’s The Silver Globe, Katie Gately’s Pipes, Cooly G’s Wait Til Night, Scott Walker and Sunn O)))’s Soused, Swans’ To Be Kind, The Bug’s Angels & Devils, Preternaturals by Grumbling Fur, Total Strife Forever by East India Youth and Manic Street Preachers’ Futurology. These are all albums that I’ve had on constant repeat since receiving them and none of them show any sign of loosening their grip on me. However there was one album that managed to stand head and shoulders above even these formidable artifacts and that was UNFLESH by Gazelle Twin – a staggeringly good piece of work.
Elizabeth Bernholz, aka Gazelle Twin, is an artist for our times. She takes body dysmorphia, personality dysphoria, the rage felt against disempowerment, the echoes of angry teenage revenge fantasies, nameless but debilitating modern illnesses, hellish hallucinations and converts them to a convincing and overpowering sonic art. Focussing industrial, hip hop and techno influences into an electronic pop LP – the follow-up to 2011’s The Entire City – Bernholz has stepped out of the shadow of her youthful influences (The Knife, Fever Ray, John Foxx) and produced something startlingly original. I don’t personally believe in genius but I am always in awe of persistence and singularity of vision – which is something she has in spades.”