Pillowdiver is the solo experimental music project of Berlin-based René Margraff. René is also half of the excellent duo Two People In A Room, who’s cassette tape release Wrapped In Plastic I covered on Fluid Radio here and enjoyed very much, so I was pleased to hear his latest effort.
This Pillowdiver offering is a 3”CD called Elliott, Lou & Bill and it is made available on Twisted Tree Line, which is the sister label to Somehow Recordings and specialises in releasing 3”CDs. Despite being fairly new to the scene, TTL has put out a high number of quality releases from artists like Darren Harper, Leonardo Rosado, Damian Valles and Ex-Confusion in its short life.
Elliott, Lou & Bill comprises three tracks of those names, in the same order and the EP begins with a noise which builds slowly in ferocity. It’s pretty far removed tonally from René’s 12K release, Sleeping Pills but is none the worse for it, highlighting another side to the artists’ repertoire. Each piece is really strong and cohesive, containing plenty of small details to get stuck into on repeated listens and the EP as a whole is just great, a definite high-point of the many essential 3”CD’s out this year so far and one which I’ve found myself listening to an inordinate number of times, very compelling indeed.
For a physical copy of Elliot, Lou & Bill, head over to Twisted Tree Line. Alternatively, you can pick up the EP from the Pillowdiver BandCamp page - while you’re there make sure to pick up the free Tony On A Bike EP.