Lake & Dahmer
"Contraception of the Gods" CDR
Genres: experimental electronic, industrial electro,
May 10 - 16 2004
Berkowitz Lake & Dahmer is one of UK label Fflint Central's
signature acts. They purvey their own brand of dark, evil
electronica - and this record, the creepily titled Contraception of
the Gods, is no exception.
On this release, BLD is working with lots of ambience and
drone; as such, this is far more experimental than most electronica, and will
require a listener who's willing to appreciate it. In these
eighteen tracks, you do have occasional rhythms, but Contraception
is more focused on noisy ambiances and gushing, flowing electronic
patterns. It truly comes to life in the dark - if you really
want to enjoy yourself, find a pitch black room, lie back, and turn
this on. Within fifteen minutes you'll be on a different planet.
This disc's tracks work in diverse ways. "Knock
Some Sense," for example, is a throbbing, violent explosion of
robotic noise; it is almost frightening in its ferocity.
"Truncheon Profile Pt. 1," on the other hand, relies on a
repeated melodic loop - it sounds like a cross between a Human
League synth pattern and an eighties haunted house film
score. This cinematic quality is shared by most of these
compositions, many of which could easily accompany a dark, homemade
horror film of some sort.
Contraception of the Gods is an enjoyable - though horrific -
experimental electronic record. Its unusual compositional
structure will garner it a limited audience, but those fortunate
enough to appreciate BLD will be have this stuck in their
stereo for months.
[Vitals: 18 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]