Elite Gymnastics - RUIN
Acéphale | September 2011
If you’ll allow me to get super music geeky or pretty pretentious and cocky, I’d like to claim that Elite Gymnastics, made evident on their full-length debut, RUIN, are third-wave chillwave. All nonsense aside, the Minneapolis duo are built on the hazy, coastal grooves of a Washed Out, surpass the retro-pop stickiness of Neon Indian and demonstrate a rather artistic blend of the chillwave tropes through the guise of electronic and ambience etching away from contemporaries like Ariel Pink or Teengirl Fantasy. The closest slot they groove against would be Small Black as a result of their inherently catchy vocal melodies that don’t exude a reliance and take more of a backseat to the more dominant, new wave embracing rhythm. RUIN chronicles a couple of the duo’s previous self-released material doped out via their tumblr as well as alternate versions of tracks that appear a mere couple of slots beforehand. As is forgiven however, because RUIN benefits from its approach to champion a certain tone, rhythm and pulse of a record rather than beat out a summer single and pushes the album as one of the most forward-thinking records of the year.
Elite Gymnastics - “Here, In Heaven”
Elite Gymnastics - “Omamori”
——— Other Releases ———
(2011) - 6.8 - Neu! ‘92 [Ep] | review
(2010) - 7.7 - Real Friends [Ep]