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.
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Written by Mike D.