Solex – in session for John Peel – September 25, 2002 – BBC Radio 1 –
Solex in session for John Peel tonight – recorded on September 25, 2002 and broadcast October 10th.
In case you aren’t familiar, Solex is the alias for Dutch artist/sonic designer/mashup maven Elisabeth Esselink.
Formerly a member of Dutch indie pop group Sonetic Vet, Esselink wanted to express her musical ideas more completely; after purchasing an 8-track recorder and a vintage sampler, Esselink began recording songs on her own. Combing the racks of her own store for kitschy records, Esselink took snippets of old records to make new ones, creating her own style of lo-fi techno-pop. Solex’s debut, Solex vs. the Hitmeister, came out on Matador in 1998; Pick Up followed a year later. Low Kick and Hard Bop arrived in 2001, and three years later, Solex resurfaced with The Laughing Stock of Indie Rock on Arena Rock Recording Co.
The Solex live show has evolved into a thing of extraordinary dexterity, merging the idiosyncrasies of her albums with the immediacy of a live band. In the past she played The Lowlands Festival, SxSW, Popkomm, CMJ, Noorderslag, Les Printemps de Bourges, Roskilde, toured Japan, Europe, Iceland, South America, the United States, done six Peel Sessions, and met lots of nice people.
Since the “Laughing stock of Indie rock” album she’s mainly been playing live with Marit de Loos (on drums).
Buckle up and hit Play. Enjoy the weekend.
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