Album Review

Kaboom Karavan – “Barra Barra” – [Miasmah Recordings]

Thurston Hunger   4/20/2011   A Library, CD

Feels like music to plan a coup by…electro-acoustic edges, hints
of grit in samples, a grit tracked in from underground tunnels.
Someone from the orchestra is a double-agent, I suspect it is
the cellist. The acoustic guitarist was poisoned, they slipped
something into his reverb. At night you can hear them torture the
horn player, and on this release it is always night. Looks like
this ensemble has its headquarters in Belgium, and Bram Bosteels
is the ring-leader. And oh yeah, they’re artistes, trafficking in
all sorts of cultural contraband, theater, film, dance…and music,
if you can call this music, and I definitely do. Lots of great
wha-tha-fa percussion. Is someone playing a fuse for rhythm on
“Nuit Nadar.” This is an album chock full of muffled suspicion,
but that opening track with eavesdropped moan/conversation. Yow!
Wait, I have to stop listening….I’m being followed. Play this
on the radio, 89.7 FM, I’ll be listening, and I’ll know what to do.

-Thurston Hunger

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