Album Review

Gus Coma – “Color Him Coma” – [Paradigm Discs]

Thurston Hunger   2/1/2012   A Library, CD

Take note fans of Midnight Voicejail/Brion Gysin/People
Like Us or closer to the bone the more frolicsome side
of Alga Marghen (evidently Milk from Cheltenham is joined
at the funny bone to Gus Coma (A-19, B-13). 1983 when
cassetes were not a fashion statement, but a necessity.
The more you listen, the more you buy in and a sort of
symphony of cacophony emerges. Reused samples become
motifs, a series of excerpts from some sort of English
lesson set is a recurring character. The lesson’s male and
female voices exude a strange quality that makes you want
to hug them and slap them at the same time. Two discs
here, that feel like two dress rehearsals at the asylum.
The first has more “story” (and was once released in
hyper limited fashion), the second a tad more meaty
with the beats & ambience. Longer pieces on the latter
platter. Flock of drunk jingle singers intoning
“In-fillll-tra-tion” will either have you drooling for
more of foaming in fury at the mouth. Either way, you
drool and we can color Gus Coma cool. Bonus track
“Revlon Torturo Bunnies” hijacks elevator music.
Dream machine scene, clues found on “Elastoplast
Futures” Burroughs burrowed beneath the oxide.
Maybe let some shorter cuts run in a row than just
jumping for the chunkier ones.

-Thurston Hunger

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