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Israel Cruz’s Freak Tonight
I was fiddling with my friend’s player and heard a song that stuck to mind. It’s called Freak Tonight, and is a single from Israel Cruz. Apparently, my “radar” missed this song. Anyway, I liked it so much I did a little research to satisfy the curiosity that I’ve been having since I heard the song.
I found out that Israel Cruz relocated to Australia when he was just a budding adolescent. Apparently, he already has two singles tucked safely under his belt. Moreover, his singles made it to the Australian singles chart. I say not bad, right? Anyway, I wouldn’t want to bore you with the biography of Israel Cruz, since you probably all know about him anyway.
Let me just talk about how I found his song, Freak Tonight. I would say that it’s pretty simple. Nothing much going on. For me, it would be the perfect tune to listen to when all you want to do is to veg out or do nothing at all. The lyrics are pretty much the same. However, I liked the tempo—not too fast, not too slow either. I confess I listen to it when I’m cleaning a room—a Herculean task you have to earbash me before I get onto it. At times, I listen to it when I can’t sleep at nights. It’s a pretty versatile song, don’t you think so?
Anyway, enough yabbering about Freak Tonight. I will, however, try to look for more songs from Israel Cruz. He’s got a unique simple style I find interesting.
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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