Album Review

Loto Ball Show, “Loto Ball Show”, [Self-released], CD

ophelia necro   6/24/2007   A Library

The newest project from Oaklander transplanted to Chicago, Loto Ball
(aka Hopeless, aka Ryan Shuq) former frontman of The Phantom Limbs.
A five piece featuring “Loto Ball” on keys, trumpet & vox, Brandon Davis
on guitar, Dan Browning on drums, David Smith on sax and Max Gomberg
(Centimeters) on bass. Debut EP of 5 songs, beginning with a 6m 05s
track about a fun game involving driving with eyes closed…creepy lyrics
that aptly paint a gruesome picture. Nice saxaphone work. Track 2,
“Poseidon Waltz is a 5m 45s carnivalesque instrumental, envision
drunken clowns stumbling through the bigtop, a trapeze artist dangling by
a foot, in the corner a monkey eats cotton candy…Track 3 “I Saw Your
Lines” runs 3m 38s has a groovey bass feel with saxaphone work remniscent
of James Chance. Track 4 is a 32s with MC Kenny giving words of intro-
duction and advice (perhaps this track would be more appropriate as an
opening track for this reason.) The EP ends with a 3m18s track “Dead Kiss”
which could be about a dying relationship, once again props to the horns.
Great stuff from the Loto Ball Show. Artwork by Ryan Shuq.No Language.

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