Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Laika and the Cosmonauts - Absurdistan
|Finally, an American release of Laika and the Cosmonauts 'Absurdistan' album, and with three additional remixed tracks. These lads sure have a way with their instruments!|
Picks: Disconnected, Turquoise, Look! No Head!, The Hypno-Wheel, Boris The Conductor, Lands End, Circumstantial Evidence, The Freefaller, Syncophant, Silenzio, Hi and Lo, Nanaki, Rough Ground, Silenzio In Dubsurdistan, Rough Evidence On Circumstantial Ground, Re-Inventing The Hypno-Wheel
Track by Track Review
This is one bizarre little ditty. The percussion is most unique, with timbales and a saucy bass line. The tune rolls along with a pulsating feel. It ain't no surf tune, but it's so cool! What happens when you merge Euro stylings with Latin American percussion sounds and twangy guitar? You get disconnected.
This charming Euro tune has a warm and round tone to it. The melody line is more about using the fret board than a melody, like a gypsy progression. Quite stunning, and fun.
Thick fuzz drenched chunk rhythm guitar over a galloping neat and a large amount of dark edge. This is quite a departure for Laika and the Cosmonauts. Nasty and mean.
Beginning with a swirling keyboard sound, and modulated guitar, this track is slow and shimmering. The vibrato is set pretty fast, giving it an almost tremolo feel. The melody is pretty. It's a seventies spy flick sorta tune. Mysterious and sad.
Crunch comes to Laika and the Cosmonauts in this track. It's a progression and lead exercise combination that is precise and nerve wracking, but not very interesting after about half the song passes. Too little melody and too much repetition.
This Shadows-like tune has that Hank Marvin tone and melody styling that is so much theirs. The big guitar twang is nice, but for my money, it seems like just another Euro guitar instro.
Seventies funk and bongos, smooth soft wah wah, tinkly echoed piano, and atmospheric sounds support a pretty but unremarkable melody. As a backdrop for a cocktail party, it would be fine. For intent listening, I found it to be dismissible.
Intense eighties LA guitar band sounds under the organ lead are a nice contrast, but I just don;t dig the keys.
Disappointed dissonant discrepant syncopated carnival ride. Fun, but I quickly forgot about it.
Almost Italian sounding tone and melody line, line a morphed spaghetti western theme. This is slow and deliberate, and sadly menacing. A little too pleasant for the genre, and little too MOR for my taste.
A big eighties pop structure and a Shadows styled melody create a pretty but unremarkable track. It's fluid enough, just unremarkable.
Euro Surf (Instrumental)
This is an interesting moody track. It seems like it should be a soundtrack sequence piece. The harmonics are cool, and it has a surf feel in the Hawaiianesque melody and lead tone. Pretty.
An organ of soap opera proportions, a slow pace, a pulsing feeling, and, well, a strange side show ambiance. I don't know about this at all.
Euro Dub (Instrumental)
Laika and the Cosmonauts is a bonus track on this issue, remixed in a curious mix of eeriness, psycho swirl and thump. The treatment is very cool, straddling the dub and instro fence with a fantasy stereo delay and excellent groove. makes you wanna say "yeah mahm."
Rough Evidence On Circumstantial Ground
Tribal Machine (Instrumental)
subtitled "The Skillsters Medley," "Rough Evidence On Circumstantial Ground" blends "Circumstantial Evidence" and "Rough Ground" in a semi industrial thicket of tribal machine dance and pheromone frenzy. Sorta spooky, kinda urban, and crying for spinning spot lights and laser tag.
Re-Inventing The Hypno-Wheel
Bleak Danger (Instrumental)
This is a slow murky treatment of "The Hypno-Wheel" with a plodding vacancy about it, like a bleak future vision of a zombie society.