Philadelphia’s Chris Madak, aka Bee Mask, produces medium-specific, high-caliber synthesized compositions with mind-altering intent beyond the scope of what one might “check out” to while having their tarot cards read. Elegy For Beach Friday is an artist-selected retrospective of his nearly decade-long limited edition cassette and CDr output, reimagined, rereedited and remastered for double LP release on fellow Clevelander John Elliott’s Specturm Spools imprint. Portentous bells and chimes ring throughout the title track’s harmoniously discordant drone, its meticulously stripped-down ambience suggesting an affinity for tasteful simplicity amid the heady complexities of serious experimental music. More than a lament over lost time, Madak’s elegy feels like a celebration of Bee Mask’s past, closing one chapter so that others may be revealed.
Bee Mask: “Elegy For Beach Friday”
Words: Mary Katherine Youngblood
Elegy For Beach Friday colored vinyl is now sold out at the source. Grip one from online distributors Forced Exposure , Kudos, or the like — before it’s too late. Bee Mask’s second Spectrum Spools LP release is slated for early 2012.