CASTLE OF CRIME
ALBUM 4AD, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
JULY 1, 1999 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 24,
Ex-Throwing Muses drummer David Narcizo makes an instrumental album with the
help of old band mate Kristin Hersh and some
others. The structure is quite simple: a slow, sampled loop from some
antique record is ornamented with live instruments and some quirky keyboard
stuff and drones on for a while. Next track comes on, a different sample is
used, the same principle is applied.
Possible inspirators might
be Tortoise, Salaryman or some other arty but funky American instrumentalists
unknown to me. Unfortunately Lakuna aren't all that funky. The album sounds
vaguely distanced from it's makers, as if they had been thinking about
something else, some more exciting future project, while they were recording
it. It's not bad, just... a bit cold.
I have to put an
"interesting but not quite there" tag on this one.