Title: Cichlisuite (part one)
Format: 12" single
Catalogue Number: WAP96
Year of Release: 1997
A Yeesland (6:22)
B Pencha (6:14)
Both of these tracks are considerably faster than any of the numbers on Chiastic Slide, so fast that I thought I was playing them at the wrong speed, and had to check by playing the CD version of the EP that I also own. I bought the CD when it came out for economic reasons, as it had all five tracks on, for the same price as each separate 12" - how naive my younger self now seems! It was immediately noticeable in the long section of clicking that starts Yeesland that the sound quality from the vinyl version is far superior, with richness and depth when compared to the CD version. This could, of course, be explained by the fact that my record player cost about 10 times what the CD player cost, but I'd rather believe it's because CDs are rubbish. Anyway, I ended up paying more than £3.99 for one 12" recently on Ebay, so it was a false economy in at least two ways.
Both tracks are ostensibly remixes of Cichli from the aforementioned album, although I failed to spot any obvious similarities in rhythm, melody, or bass. There are an awful lot of clanking noises, maybe they're the same ones? Both tracks have a clean, crisp sound, and whizz past at such an incredible pace it's hard to work out what the hell is going on before they finish. The first half of Yeesland uses so many different kick drum sounds that I lost count, and the clattering and scraping noises only really solidify once the simple chord progression enters, a lovely, simple, uneffected analogue synth pad. This is soon joined by a high, quiet melody line, and the track settles down for the last third, but left me with a feeling that it never really peaked. There was a lot of rushing about, but very little got done.
Pencha was more consistent, in terms of rhythm and its alterations over the length of the track, but the pattern was reversed slightly with most of the speed coming from a crazy concatenation of keyboard lines rather than drums, and it's these that resolve in the latter part of the track.
Not an EP that will win them many friends, but I'm fond of it mostly for the verbal pun in the title - Cichli Suite = Sickly Sweet, geddit?