Norway - Full Moon 31 - 04/30/99|
Krank is one of the small but active and exciting lo-fi underground labels
that has popped up over the last years here in Norway (along with Smalltown
Supersound and Apartment). This EP presents four bands - two Norwegian, two
from the U.S. - checking out the possibilities of a multi-track recorder.
Dipsomaniacs is the first band out. Their In Flight.....dream
#2 is a dazed psychedelic moment, a bit more "off" than they usually
sound. Check out their eminent album Reverb No
Hollowness of last year. Havergal hail from Texas, and Bronze
Dream of the Cast sounds a bit like fellow Texans Bedhead: low-voiced
lo-fi pop sneaking up from behind. An interesting song that makes you
want to check out other recordings by this combo, such as a single called
Crowd (Western Vinyl, 3116 Wayfarer Road, Bedford TX 76021 USA), which
can also be found on a Krank release: a split CD (oh, yeah? one side each...?)
with Havergal plus a band called Winfoster.
Side 2 opens with June Panic from Indiana (courtesy of: Secretly
Canadian Records, 1703 North Maple Street, Bloomington, Indiana, 47404 USA),
presenting Sundowner which starts rather smoothly and minimalistic, to
become more intense but yet relaxed, with a Ry Cooderish steely, twangy and
dusty guitar. June Panic could've been the bourbonized band in the corner of
some imaginary desolate taverna into which Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) could've
stumbled in the film Paris, Texas (by Wim Wenders). Except there's
no such scene in that movie...
Finally there's Krank's own Ring, who released a debut mini album
last spring entitled Incence, Spice and Late Late Nights. They've spent
some more late-late-nights it seems and they've come up with a fitting title
for the song included here as well. Island in the Sea is sort of hard
to describe. It sounds like a small island in a big sea. It's like a
campfire song just before Mars attacks! Weird and beautiful
psyche-folk-a-delica, and my fave track on this EP.
Get in touch with Filip Andersen and his label, on the southern tip of
Norway: Krank Records, Tinnheiveien
7, 4629 Kristiansand S, Norway.
Copyright © 1999 Håvard Oppøyen