Time-Lag Rec. Elephant Micah : Hindu Windmills (US,2007,re.2008)**'
It is strange to hear after the first release I have heard from Elephant Micah, that so many years later the lo-fi poor-man approach hasn’t tried to change to more clarity. The compositions consist of acoustic guitar playing, whispery introverted voice, double bass (1,5,..), and sparse additional piano, hand percussion, on a whispery, slightly hissing background, which is still acceptable enough for its recording quality result on CD, so that this background noise works only like a charming detail as if it was velvet pillows of soft noise. You realize more that this is a home tape recording because you hear the tape recorder being switched on and off now and then. The softness of singing comes at times close to the music of Rivulets, Vollmar or Great Lake Swimmers, but it is difficult for me to follow what it is all about. Each song sounds also quite similar, -a few times with a slight Nashville sound, or like with introverted alt country flavour (by adding a few vocal arrangements). The lyrics are included in handwriting of yellow ink on greyish paper, so it is impossible to read any of them, making them just like wrapping paper. The CD package is presented as a mini-LP CD version of the original, now sold-out vinyl edition. All this makes this work a bit more like a vague moody album of background slumbers.