Album Review

Big Blood & Visitations – “‘lecric Lashes ” – [L’animaux Tryst (Field) Recordings]

Thurston Hunger   9/23/2008   7-inch, A Library

Part of Matt Lajoie’s noble Tryst Haunt, a 7″ subscription
series. Strange Maine in a shared vein, mixing the two cc’s
of Big Blood (Colleen and Caleb) with faceless platelets of
Visitations. Side A starts with a short, stare-at-the-stars
and oscillate to ooh and ahh sweeps. Then into a willowy
lullaby as gentle as grandpa’s soft beard, and as pillowy
as Colleen’s voice can get, ruffled by reverb and sprouting
little flute and faux flute synthesizer trills, like a
centaur dancing through. Please note the rocking chair
background soft clutter under the simple acoustic picking.
On the flip side, its that droney sort of Sonic Youth open
tuning that rides and rides through a long tunnel, male
visitation vortex voice hammerin’ away through effects, and
the high lonesome whistle voices along for the ride. Did
a kazoo eventually join on the tracks? Slow wind-out fade
for about a minute at the end. Then B2 bops away with what
shall be known simply as the “Bum Bum Bum” song, rubber
band, water pots clanking, and voices stacked in a goofy
tower of babbling. Each side then also has an unconnected
locked groove for your needling pleasure. And wait, there’s
more. The vinyl comes with a bonus CDR, that has not just
the four tracks, but the sprawling late-night, drone-folk,
getting-to-know-you meet, greet and bleat. The first jam
has bluesy roughage after a very slow build. #2 is the
tinkler and analog tuner. #3, kraut folk with Colleen’s
voice like the tallest tree in a windy forest. #4 wears
its own face like a mask, buzz fly guitar over tiptoe
notes. Enjoy…


-Thurston Hunger

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