Sunday, May 17, 2009

Yello - stella (1985)

Yello maintained their place amidst the most creative bands of the 80's with Stella. "Desire" was one of their fluid, atmospheric, soundtrack-based, exotic tinged, electronic doom jazz themes. "Vicious Games" occupied the same territory, as if a haunted disco theme for a surreal soap-opera. In "Oh Yeah", the ever present deformed disco-theme was vivisected with an abundance of distorted vocal effects.

The epitome of elegance, "Desert Inn" was a mixture of ethnic ritual chanting, disco beats, jam-rock flourishes, and an epic ambient electronica awe. "Stalakdrama" was a symphonic experiment in tension, it's Wagnerian overture magnified to a point of feverish splendour. In "Koladi-ola", another ingenious piece of electro-pop, prevailed a digital funk-rock whose elements came from all sorts of disparate sources.

This wild eclecticism continued in "Domingo", a mix of heavy-metal, soundtrack themes, chanting, classical, banging beats etc. "Sometimes" returned to their elegant and gentle side, yet still managed to sound like a rolle-roaster ride. Similarly the desolate but grand synthscape of "Ciel Ouvert" evoked images of spiritual delirium. The amazing creativity encapsulated in these synth-rock tracks would make indie favourites like New Order or Depeche Mode blush at their own mediocrity. Get it here.


Capa Nostra said...

Never heard this band. Thank you!

Ilya Sitnikov said...

Hey - cool blog!

Would you like to exchange link with mine (, since we're writing about similar things.

Let me know.

Thank you!

Ilya (owner of Beautiful Noise / I Heart Noise Blog)

Jim Slip said...

Thanks CN. I was just listening to Theatre of Sheep from your blog. Great EP.

Jim Slip said...

Ilya, I added your blog to the links.

Ilya Sitnikov said...

Thank you so much, Jim.

I also added your blog to my bloroll.


Anonymous said...

I just love them - I danced it til fade in the 80s and now I'll play it for the new generation to dance - thanx