ALBUM TOO PURE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 28, 2000 REVIEW: FEBRUARY 25, 2000
The worn out term “post rock” was used by way too academic music
magazine The Wire to describe the British band Laika. Kind of worrying
considering how many deadly boring and pretentious bands that have grown out of
that genre the last few years.
Laika could easily have become as stiff as Stereolab, a band with similar
influences. But unlike Stereolab, who always makes me want to listen to anything
with a bit of life in it, the
inject their music with a healthy dose of rough edges and hip hop elements.
Looking Blues” is Laika’s third album since they debuted in 1994. Here it is
possible to draw parallels to as diverse things as Tricky’s big city paranoia,
Salaryman’s hell-bent live electronica, Can’s repetitive, yet ever changing
song structures and even Coil’s hallucinogenic soundscapes. But Laika’s
strength is that still sound like nothing but themselves. “Good Looking Blues”
is an extremely psychedelic album, in the word’s true sense (unlike many rock
bands that are dubbed “psychedelic” merely because of their long songs...).
Laika intervenes sweet pop tunes, dub laden rhythms, creepy sound effects and
sudden hits of shrieking brass. The live played and sampled elements twist
around each other in a way so seamless that it seams impossible to say what is
big asset is also the vocalist Margaret Fiedler, who switches between soft rap
and desperate singing. Her lyrics further enhance the psychedelic feeling.
this post rock if you want. Or plainly call it psychedelica. Just make sure you