Archive for June, 2009
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Vancouver always seems to be synonymous with quality music, however this time around, it isn’t the Canadian city we are talking about, but rather Vancouver, Washington just a stone’s throw across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. It appears that Lifesaver Laboratories’s Michael Kelsey has made quite a name for himself rather quickly with Tone Casualties snapping up his original demo cassette almost immediately and reissuing it in their usual eye-catching packaging scheme. Musically the album remains untouched from the original demo which says a lot for the artist. Crisp ambient backgrounds mesh with well with arranged percussion right alongside noisier sections of haphazardly composed selections of found sound samples. Lifesaver Laboratories feels right at home with the burgeoning Pacific Northwest experimental noise scene until you find out that the projects sole member has never rubbed elbows with the likes of Daniel Menche or Smegma. As a result this debut release seems even more impressive than I had originally estimated simply because it was created in a virtual vacuum away from the usual contemporary influences.
Former Laibach live contributor Borut Krzisnik compiles this eclectic collection of music aptly titled “Currents of Time”. Musically, the album leaps across years of classical gypsy music, eastern European folk, and modern electronic rock in a mere hour’s worth of recording time. This album is true Industrial music at its best. The release uses every conceivable musical non-sequitor at least once, alongside clanging metal, bird samples, ukeleles. You don’t just listen to this album, you experience several hundred years worth of musical tradition colliding into one large melting pot.
Lifesaver Laboratories is: Michael F. Kelsey
1258 North Highland Ave
Hollywood, CA 90038