E.S.T. (Electric Shock Treatment) is a double album with the additional work "The Motion Picture Event Of The Year".
ELECTRIC SHOCK TREATMENT is a semi-autobiographical look through the magic eye of Louis Gordon. E.S.T. takes you on an emotional road-trip of sound from hardcore electricals to trippy psychedelia and beyond. It simply defies categorisation!
THE MOTION PICTURE EVENT OF THE YEAR is the companion piece to E.S.T. which takes a breathtaking journey through the eyes of a child growing up in the '70s. Adorned with lush orchestral strings and spiky guitar/synthesiser solos, The Motion Picture perfectly extends the themes of E.S.T. and takes you places you never expected to be...
These excellent albums are well worth a listen. Motion Picture is the more unusual of the two. In places its like an electro audio book concept album. Obvious influences are the Beatles, Kate Bush's Ariel and also some of bits remind of Bjork. The exception which breaks the album up is the song "Turning into Everything" (which is on the This Air CD single). Guitars on this remind me a bit of Joy Division/New Order. It took me on a journey I didn't expect & is wonderful. There are also some vocal ambient nods in John Foxx's direction.
Favourites on E.S.T so far are the very catchy "Crash That Car" also "With my Magic Eye" & of course the fantastic "This Air", (here available in its longer more housey sounding original version).
These albums are a must buy for any Gordon fan & their appeal also goes well beyond that.
E.S.T, Louis' third album and his best so far. It is a grower with "This Air" and "Thunderbirds Alright" as the stand out tracks. "Crash That Car" and "Occupants" are also some of the great tracks you can find on this album.
The Motion Picture Event Of The Year is an album in it's own right and would make a pretty good soundtrack to any movie. It's very entertaining with "The Opening Scene" as my favourite so far.
I've seen Louis Gordon playing with John Foxx live over the years but didn't realise he was releasing his own music until now. I bought EST on impulse and liked what I heard.
I've had this album a few weeks now and I can safely say that this incredible two and a half hours of music sound fantastic when you have it at home in all its glory.
This is one very classy release and deserves to be in anyone’s collection. Of course other Foxx fans will find things in it that they like but I now realise that there’s a hell of a lot more to Louis Gordon than the collaboration work we’ve heard so far.
Musically, this is definitely a work of two parts. EST is very structured and more song based. It's also bloody clever. How the hell anyone is going to categorise this, God knows. Gordon's songs are so diverse that you could never get bored of listening to them. One after another they come at you sounding so different in style and execution to the last one. His album is like some kind of trippy kaleidoscope of styles and influences.
The highlight of the album though has to be This Air. What a song… I love this one! I bought the single as well because of this track and I have to say, I prefer the remix to the album version. There’s not a lot in it but the single just sounds a bit more polished. Remixing was probably a wise move too because it’s a song that deserves to be played on the radio.