PO Box 8521
May 5 - 11 2003
the DarkRealm Multimedia website:
"Karakul is an ongoing project involving the manipulation
of preexisting analog tape recordings of individuals in and
surrounding the life span of Karakul (your favorite band that never
existed) as manipulated by Nothing Inside's Mike Coleman."
Right-o. So what I got out of it is that Karakul as a
three-piece band recorded a number of songs, and then Karakul
as one guy, Mike Coleman, manipulated them on his computer and
then released the deconstructed audio results.
With that said, this is an interesting release. Karakul
the trio certainly has a lot to offer, putting together melodic little
pop pieces that sometimes are reminiscent of The Microphones'
recent stuff (evident on "Blank Stare"), except with a
darker, more electronic feel. Karakul
the one guy, meanwhile, is more obviously heard at some parts of 00
than at others. For example, "Blank Stare," which I
just mentioned, sounds as if it wasn't manipulated at all; meanwhile, it's
hard to imagine what "All Here Together" would have sounded
like before Coleman deconstructed it to pieces on his computer.
All in all, this is a dark, interesting album that ranges from
ambient soundscape to melodic sing-song. It's nothing
earth-shattering, but it's worth lending an ear to if you're up for
15 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2001]