I guess there is a certain “sound” that defines every time period, and those sounds are generally influenced by sounds from other time periods. There are a lot of different factors that influence the art of an era, and in this particular instance, there’s a boom in a “homemade” aesthetic which is no doubt due to the fact that it’s easier than ever for those with a creative leaning or a conceptual idea to make a vision come to life on a very limited budget. That being said, whenever something is trendy, you’re going to get a lot of people who take advantage of that trend in a way that’s shameless and sort of unacceptable and it gives people an inherent distrust of anything that’s too “popular” so I think it’s always fun to hear something that embodies everything you like about something popular without being “new.” It gets rid of the suspicion you have that something may be inauthentic. It’s a lot better to find a hundred dollar bill in a pocket of a coat you wore 10 years ago than it is to get one in a birthday card. It’s always better to FIND something than it is to GET something.
Eleven Pond is that kind of find. They made a single record in 1986 called Bas Relief. It’s eleven excellent tracks of DIY goodness, and to say it was obscure at the time (500 self released copies) is even perhaps a bit of an overstatement. Considering that year’s most popular albums, Bon Jovi‘s Slippery When Wet, and The Miami Vice Soundtrack amongst them, I can certainly see how Eleven Pond didn’t “catch on” at the time. Luckily for all of us, they are not doomed to a fate of making a great record no one is ever going to hear. These days, low-fi being all the rage, it’s come back into vogue, and even been reissued on Dark Entries Records. I HIGHLY doubt you will be able to find a copy, but if you do snatch it up!
You can buy the Bas Relief in digital form here.
By: Rachel Noel