Album Review

Vanity Case Reality Tunnel Volume Two – The Carnival Is Over [coll] – [Vanity Case]

Thurston Hunger   4/13/2013   A Library, CD

From the Geese freaks and their flock of friends comes
this limited edition (2012) CD and bundle of sage to
burn for cleansing. Even without the sage you can smell
the odors of pachouli and paisely from the chunes here.
Some tweaked covers including the opener from astronaut
Buffy St. Marie. Others may take a while to twig on
the ST37 cover (crickets included!) from Twin Peaks, one
case where the original is even stranger. The CD ends with
a sweet sax “Smile” (honestly I didn’t know Charlie Chaplin
wrote that) For a collection, this sure has both variety
and a nice flow. And it’s not all trippy hippie space/psych
sounds. I really dug Kilgore Trout’s “Basilisk” feeling
like a Camberwell Now lost track. It wouldn’t be a true
carnival without a debauched clown, so put a big red nose
on #9. Mueran Humanos provide the haunted house, from a
live seance conducted by our pal Brian Turner at WFMU.
3eese build some kind of dungeon out of a simple drum beat,
some rotten lumber and sampled crowd gasps, excellent!
Howard Be Thy Name summon a cross between Syd Barret and
Alastair Galbraith. Step right up…

-Thurston Hunger

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