Eccentric electro-pop songsmith Solex (born Elisabeth Esselink) will launch a U.S. tour later this month in support of her 1999 album, Pick Up.
The 15-date tour will kick off with two shows at New York's Knitting Factory on May 26 and 27. The tour will then head west through Minneapolis, Austin, Texas, and San Francisco before wrapping up in Philadelphia on June 23, with more dates to be announced.
The Dutch singer toured the States last year with Cibo Matto, Cornelius and The Notwist. Athens, Ohio, an EP of remixes of songs from her recent releases, came out in April with tracks by experimental techno producer Kid 606, along with Glasgow, Scotland, electronic duo Mount Florida and Damien O'Neill.
Solex's band, Robert Lagendijk on drums and Geert de Groot on guitar, gives a kinetic boost to the keyboard-driven samples that fill her songs.
Solex Vs. the Hitmeister, released in 1998, found its way onto a number of critics' best-of lists and attracted Esselink a devoted following. The album combined her perky, deceptively abstract narratives with samples culled from the bargain bin of her own record store in Amsterdam.
Something of a subtle anarchist, Solex incorporated an assortment of live performances that she "bootlegged" and then sampled into Pick Up. Her ability to weave this disparate mix, ranging from metal to classical, into an intricate collage revealed a complex and realized voice. As she exclaimed with the joy of a child who's gotten away with tricking her parents, "Because there are no copyrights on bootlegs, you can sample whatever you want!"
Solex tour dates:
May 2627; New York, N.Y.; Knitting Factory
May 30; Columbus, Ohio; Bernie's
May 31; St. Louis, Mo.; Side Door
June 1; Chicago, Ill.; Empty Bottle
June 2; Minneapolis, Minn.; 7th Street Entry
June 6; Seattle, Wash.; I Spy
June 7; Portland, Ore.; Satyricon
June 89; San Francisco, Calif.; Bottom of the Hill
June 10; Los Angeles, Calif.; Knitting Factory
June 11; San Diego, Calif.; Casbah
June 16; Austin, Texas; Emo's
June 20; Atlanta, Ga.; Eyedrum
June 23; Philadelphia, Pa.; North Star Bar