C'mon America, how can you not like a German psychedelic artist who list his main influences as “pizza, beer, and smokes?”
Elfenbeinturm is the one-man project of Pascal Hector, tape collage/analog synth/simplistic conga-ist, whom you may have heard on the Upstairs CDR comp, Radio Scenic Glow Vol. I. Elfenbeinturm is also a German idiom that roughly translates to ivory tower (yes, I do research before I write this column). While Mr. Hector's blend of Skaters-esque dystopian soundscape hypnagogery mixed with tape loops and primitive percussion might be moving out of the esoterica of the ivory tower, he commands it with more skill than a lot of the copy cat types out there.
The worst part of this cassette is that it's only 20 minutes long. In a genre that produces a lot of music that is way too similar, this cassette is engrossing. The lush synth-scapes jump cut into danceable drumming expertly layered within the aforementioned sound milieu. It somehow takes the spaciness of one, puts it together with the head-nodding of the other and pulls it off naturally. Plus, take a gander at his website logo.
Unverified Records, where you can get this tape super cheap (if you're in the USA it will probably cost more to ship than anything else).