Russian Tsarlag: Unexplained American Goat LP (Wharf Cat, 2016)December 4, 2016 at 9:37 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Newest album of ultra-depressive lo-fi creepcore from Carlos Gonzales. His songs seem like they barely hold together, but they actually do, and a lot of them are actually proper songs with verses and choruses. They’re just slow and bleak and use cheap keyboards and minimal guitar. Sometimes there’s radio static transmissions mixed in, or voices captured from the dead and looped. “Screaming in a Car” is a capella and really haunting. “Bellevue” is a tape-loop/keyboard instrumental that seems like it’s stuck in a soap opera and can’t escape. “Along the Way” is just guitar and vocals, and a slight bit more uptempo than the rest. He does a lot with a little, and he has an incredible way of expressing emptiness. It seems a lot more vague than it really is. Very much recommended for the Jandek fan in your life.