“Lavatone" C39
(Full Spectrum Records)

Lavatone’s eponymous release for Full Spectrum Sounds might recall some space cult sharing a watery cave with actual aliens working on their busted-up spaceships. Lotsa flanging decay, natural echo, tribal pulses, & warpy warpage for days. Organic recording process. Pretty cool thunderstorm & wet window jam sesh at one point. Steel drum, jaw harp, gamelan-ish elements come & go. 

This release was originally recorded a quarter century ago, and makes me think of all the people who must have come down from a serious trip while listening to June of ’44 seven-inches played at 18rpm on a dying Fisher Price player. Semi-relaxing, in a fairly unnerving way.


--Jacob An Kittenplan