July 17, 2024

PREMIERE: Lost Chocolate Lab – Contents/ Weightless + Lost Landscapes LP Review

Today we present you something unique, originating from the Pacific Northwest – namely Seattle! Not only do we present you with a full album review, but also the premiere of a new Lost Chocolate Lab track, called‘Contents / Weightless’. I can hardly remember another record I’ve reviewed that thrills me in a way that I can hardly find the words to write about it. This is one of the most “challenging” records I’ve come across in regard to its musical approach, as well as its own complexity and quality. You see, Lost Chocolate Lab’s brand new 10-track Lost Landscapes LP is actually a study on electric guitar. loaded with great passion and a “beyond-words” arrangement.

This is an introduction to the music of Damian Kastbauer – the player, the shaper of this ambient guitar gaze for active minds. It’s true, attested to by this record full of soundscapes, which goes way beyond the old-fashioned guitar heroes playing the devil on fire. Or are these those very “damned” soundscapes? This experimental record consists only of a guitar, knobs, pedals, and the player’s notable imagination. The whole LP is an instrumental work – maybe that’s its great advantage, the guitar serving as the narrator, the storyteller of trips and journeys in the (very risky to say so) streams of Hendrix and a few other guitarists who made striking music far ahead of its time. Here we have 10 lessons on the craft of noise guitar with some hidden bluesy attractions too. We have some pretty trippy and psychedelic sonic data, as well as more shoegaze soundscapes – all together, they are telling us fictional stories. As for the words that are missing in the songs, Kastbauer tells the story with his fingers.

These 10 tracks are exceptionally arranged with some serious tricks here. There is not a single track that doesn’t have its own sonic climax. This approach is a gift to his musings and the listener too. In other words, the record is not boring at all, and that record has some tracks that you will definitely replay. If I were a guitar player (I am not), I could also write about some of his stunning techniques, but as far as my ears can tell, here we have a studied and a skilled player. If you are a guitar player this record will most likely amaze you for sure. If you are a noise-rock shoegaze band, this album will give you some many examples on how you may do it all a bit more edgy or in a more “advanced” way. This is a collection of modern ideas and an album that every rocker should hear. I wouldn’t be surprised if even a classical musician finds a favorite track in here! Lost Landscapes LP will be released on August 31, with the lead track being Squall. Here, you may hear some shoegaze psychedelia like that initially sired by British bands The Telescopes and Ride. Other noteworthy tracks include Everything Is Heavy, Night Drive, and Horseback Headspin. Do save that link and visit it again once the album is released. At the Noise Journal, we are amazed by such artists who offer intriguing and edgy musings – people who see things in a different light and through a unique prism!




photo by KB Kastbauer


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Hey people I'm Mike D from Athens GR (43). I'm a sound engineer, radio producer, and certainly a music "freak." I couldn't be anything else, you see: I grew up in a musical home (my father was a composer), and wanted to be a rock-star but wasn't patient enough to study music. Instead, I studied the technical stuff and went really "nuts" when I started writing articles about the bands and artists I love. It all started back in 2002 in a printed magazine (Sound Maker - RIP) and I still do it because I really like sharing my libraries, discotheque, info, connections, knowledge, and all. I'm involved in all "waves" music (new wave/darkwave/post-punk/shoegaze), punk, industrial, EBM, alternative rock, indie, electronic, avant-garde/ experimental/ freestyle...but on the other hand I can easily throw a classical CD in the player, or a jazzy tune, or...ok you get it: Music! I'd like to read your comments on my writing because you know how it goes, and you all know the glorious song by Placebo,"Without You I'm Nothing"...Thanx and enjoy Freedom and Music, Loud!
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