Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: Stephanie Lak “LAK / Lak Wright Duo Split Cassette”

            When I first put this cassette on, I am drawn in by the distorted static drone noise.  Though this cassette is an edition of only ten, you can tell each one has a very personal touch in the making of it, not only for the packaging itself but also just for the sounds coming out of here.  From the moment I pressed play though- all other artistic qualities aside- I was hooked.

            Throughout the music on the first side, we are met with a brief fit of laughter.   Then we close things out with a piano part that almost resembles “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.   The second side is a little bit different, as it begins with whirring static and goes into a sort of beeping or possibly the chiming of Big Ben (The bell tolls for thee)   This transitions into the clanking of a triangle, which recalls the dinner bell.

            There is elelctro-chaos.   Then a rolling guitar riff kicks in and I’m thinking that if Quentin Tarantino made a movie about surfing, this would be a line found in the soundtrack and I’m cool with that.  Amidst some loud static and then even lasers we reach the end of the tape, but what a ride it has been.

            If this cassette cannot win you over with its stellar sounds, personal touch or both then I really feel as if there is no hope for you and you should probably try religion or habitual drugs.  

No comments:

Post a Comment