Form a Log: At a Festival tape (Hausu Mountain, 2017)

December 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Form a Log: At a Festival tape

Following a split LP with fellow troublemakers Moth Cock, Form a Log release their first Hausu Mountain tape. This is a barrage of pounding drums, frayed electronics, cartoonish guitars, and voices stretched past the limitations of the human body. Also, there’s some sort of ska theme apparent, at least in some of the track titles. There’s about as much wackiness as you might expect from FaL, but some of it sounds a bit more haunted. It’s not quite as carnivalesque as the title of the tape. “Raymond” is filled with ghostly moaning, and “This Is Your Captain Speaking” could be an abstract warning for an impending crash, but tracks like “The Sizzler” are goofy and joyous. Then there’s the lovely guitar strumming during “The Ska Files”, which gets interrupted by an ungrateful audience and a bunch of glitched-out harmonica and other noises.

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