Liquid Element – Demo

By Marcus Pan

Chain Border

Liquid ElementWater Clock was the debut release by this duo, consisting of Leo and Christina. Leo’s job is to provide the “magical music and noise” and Christina’s is, as one can expect, there to provide the “hauntingly beautiful” vocal content to this group’s imaginings. Rather than having their release of Water Clock, it seems I have a three song pressed demo CD from them instead, highlighting what I’m guessing to be their top singles from the official album.

According to the press paper, Leo brought in his Fischer Price microphone box to Christina’s crib and pleaded with her to sing. The quote of, “Speak Christina, why won’t she sing?” is provided to me here and just in case the two haven’t figured it out and if that mystery still surrounds them, I would like to supply an answer. First off, babies in cribs can’t sing and it even states unabashedly that Christina wasn’t yet able to speak at the time she was behooved to do so. Secondly, twenty years along in life we find that she can now speak of course – but still can’t sing.

I am quite pleased with the fact that I have here a three song demo for two reasons. Firstly, I don’t have to torture myself with what could possibly be on the rest of Water Clock and secondly I don’t need to torture you with my meanderings about other offerings besides the three songs provided on this demo. These songs are So Pleasing, We’re Losing Time, and the namesake of their debut release, Water Clock. So with only three songs to talk about, I can make this review short and to the point.

The basis of Liquid Element is quite simple you see. First take disjointed, droning and vaguely “played” tinkerings of noise, flowing synth melodies and blah-blah guitars. Throw in a few noisy clicks and scratches, record it all in your basement with the windows open and then have Christina whine over the top of it. So Pleasing kicks off this three track demo by being blatantly paradoxical to the name of the song. I found nothing pleasing. In We’re Losing Time they try their best and it is a better offering on this demo. Even though Leo tries his best to mundanely strum through the track with boring guitars and unchanging percussion, and Christina does her best to wail at us out of key, completely tuneless and without being benefited by the surrounding track’s melodies and music at all (did someone queue up the wrong track in her headphones maybe?), the track remains the brightest of the three offerings here. Nonetheless, I suggest the track be renamed to something more appropriate – “We’re Wasting Time” maybe. It gets even more annoying near the end when multiple tracks of Christina’s esoteric sighs and boorish wailing are mixed up together to provide an unending supply of mind boggling dreck.

Liquid ElementAn attempt at an interesting rhythm comes at us with Water Clock. Obviously their best work, since that’s what fledgling artists tend to do with their nominal tracks. The interest of the rhythm becomes totally lost when after a minute you realize it will never ever do anything even vaguely different than how it begins. Here Christina doesn’t even attempt to speak at all, much like in her Fischer Price history as stated in the press paper. I think they’re words…they kind of sound something like words every now and then. But mostly it’s droning whines, annoying sliding “aahs” and “oohs” and off key attempts at sounding siren-like.

Liquid Element – what can be said? I’m very happy with their demo – because it only has three songs on it. I’m rather pleased that I didn’t have to slog through an entire LP length CD for this review. So I thank them for that. But otherwise, it’s really not worth listening to. If you want a diva band, check out Collide(1) or Distorted Reality(2) or Scarlet Life(3). If you want minimalistic ambience, check out Ginger Leigh(4) or Thomas Simon(5). If you want talent, check out any of the above. But don’t check out Liquid Element.

Contact Information:
Post: Liquid Element, 301 A 15th Street NW, Bemidji, MN, 56601, USA

(1) Collide releases: Beneath the Skin and Distort reviewed in Legends #99. Deep Violet’s Dance reviewed in Legends #89. Chasing the Ghost reviewed in Legends #110. Some Kind of Strange reviewed in Legends #137. Legends first interviewed Collide in Legends #89, and interviewed them again in Legends #136.
(2) Legends interviewed Distorted Reality in Legends #88 and did so again in Legends #138. Distorted Reality releases: demo CD reviewed in Legends #88. The Fine Line Between Love and Hate (hopefully) reviewed in Legends #139.
(3) Scarlet Life release: Sugar, Spice, Saccharin & Cyanide reviewed in Legends #112.
(4) Ginger Leigh releases: Broken by the World reviewed in Legends #111. 10 Stories 10 Lies reviewed in Legends #127. From Artesia With Love reviewed in Legends #118. A True Life Story reviewed in Legends #137.
(5) Thomas Simon’s Sound Scape was reviewed in the recent Legends #137.

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