Monday, July 16, 2012

Laube - Ausmerzen (SM039)

stoned sounds elicit blue dreams!  peace and love to my friends at Humboldt Relief :)

Slow motion jazz?  Psilocybin induced jams for the hazy comet?  As Miles once said, "call it anything".  One thing is certain:  Ausmerzen, from Laube on Sonic Meditations, is a stellar release and should not be missed.  Laube consists of Eric Bauer on Rhodes piano and electronics; Christian Dräger - the proprietor of nug luvin Who Can You Trust? Records - on drums and percussion; and Nils Lehnhäuser on bass and electronics.  Laube was formed in 2007 by Bauer and Lehnhäuser, intent on releasing heavy noise.  After a few changes that resulted in a more inert sound, Dräger joined the band.  The music has a cinematic quality to it, and should be well-received by fans of Type and Miasmah.  The heavy sound should appeal to fans of psych rock.

Laube have an excellent idea and the finished product is beautiful.  Elongated, morphing bass tones forcefully cut a hole through the bong smoke clouds; Rhodes piano that saturates the pleasure center and provides flashbacks of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Keith Jarrett's drug satchel; and shimmering percussion.  These components fuse in a heavenly groove throughout. And when these guys get heavy, look the fuck out!  The volume is your friend on this release.  Ensure to use it liberally.

 Ausmerzen is a special release from one of the best labels around, Sonic Meditations.  Here's to hoping that this initial release is quickly followed by the second effort.  Get your ticket to bliss from Discriminate.

Peace to you, friends :)