Improvised acid jams from the Detroit duo.
Stalker, Ectomorph's debut album, maintains that conversational quality: the duo recorded it live in one or two takes. This approach can have its limitations, but when it works the results can feel alive. Stalker mostly pulls it off. The music sometimes resembles the experimental electro project Hypnobeat, who also use longform live experimentation with minimal tools to psychedelic effect. The psychedelia of Stalker has an intense pulsing energy, beckoning listeners into spooky tunnels and dark corners.
Gloopy synth loops eerily loom over the tight four-on-the-floor kicks of "Filthy Demands," "Agate" and "Psychic Downfall." In fact, the tools stay the same throughout Stalker—zappy synth sounds, Roland drum machines and low-hanging acid patterns, arranged in ways that feel consistent but different enough to avoid being too repetitive. The character of Ectomorph's sound really comes through in the churning acid lines found on tracks such as "In Dreams." In these vivid moments, Stalker is delightfully freaky.