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Walls of Genius

"Raw Sewage, Vol. 1" CDR


Genres: hometaper, lo-fi, experimental

Mar 14 - 20 2005

Walls Of Genius's Raw Sewage, Vol. 1 compiles tracks from four hometaper cassettes that were originally released in 1983 and 1984.  The main men behind the music are Evan Canto, Ed Fowler, and known lo-fi bizarro Little Fyodor.  These fourteen tracks run the gamut from avant freak-outs to almost conventional song songs.  "Red Meat/Throbbing Earthworm" and "I'm So Glad" are funny albeit unspectacular bits of insanity, characterized by wild instrumentation and nonsensical vocal babbling.  "Sunday, Monday or Always!" and "Long Tall Woman," on the other hand, have very distinct melodies and lyrics, adding some accessibility to this disc's wide array of sounds.  The epic "March of the Lost Wormsouls" is a lengthy, guitar-led composition that is somewhat hypnotic but ultimately a little bland.  "I Want To Be A Jamaican," meanwhile, is a funky, groove-oriented piece that has a really nice atmosphere to it.  Overall, this disc documents a very interesting, experimental time for Fyodor and co, and it will probably appeal to most hometaper obsessives.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]