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Dandi Wind

Yolk of the Golden Egg

Summer Lovers Unlimited

Miné Salkin

Dandi Wind’s new album, Yolk of the Golden Egg is a sonic journey that challenges every spectrum of electronica. The album is caught somewhere between a surreal utopic musical vision, and something that could only have been spawned from a ritualistic love orgy between Kate Bush, Björk and Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James. The record shows no weaknesses. It opens with “The Battle of Verdun,” aptly catching the industrial bustle of its Quebec recording locale, and moves through a futuristic, cacophonic scene of torture. Raw, edgy and highly textured, the sounds take detours through the complexity of the psyche in a way that could be likened to the spiritual despair and disillusionment of Trent Reznor, but with more emphasis on a clear articulation of ugliness. Never failing to surprise, the song “Johatsu” sounds like a late ‘80s dancercise tape, while suggesting that we should all “surrender to the machine.” The album climaxes with the final track entitled “Dance of the Paralytic,” whose bass-rich beat is juxtaposed with an ineffable wet thumping noise that brings amniotic fluid to mind. Though overtly corporeal, the album is also introspective, as it quotes Dostoevsky and the parable of the old dreamer rummaging through his dreams in vain. While its message is not always accessible, Yolk is a worthwhile musical venture for those who want something a little more violent in spirit.