CD REVIEW: the Kama Sutras - 'Conclusion Confusion'
By Steve Allat - 01/09/2005 - 05:16 PM EST
Artist: the Kama Sutras
Album: 'Conclusion Confusion'
Label: Independent - Lythium Records
For Fans Of: Nirvana, Butthole Surfers, Jesus Lizard, Bloodhound Gang
Fav Tracks: Surrealistic Fantasy, Skedaddle, Dramamine, track 5-instrumental
This CD was a very pleasant surprise. Very creative, a variety of great sounds mixed together very nicely. Every other track is instrumental (literally), creating a nice break between songs, but sometimes very interesting in themselves - enough to listen closely. Vocals are great, and the addition of spoken lyrics, sometimes buried a bit, adds interest.
Behind it all there is a bed of rhythm or keyboard holding everything together. It's a great mix of bizarre keyboard, fuzzy guitar, 'tribal' drums and angsty vocals. It isn't often that I hear what I would describe as esoteric and ethereal while I'm listening to a heavy drum beat and guitar. The recording, which they do themselves, even does the music justice. It could be better, but the presentation isn't suffering because of it.
These 3 guys have a great handle on what they're doing and could use with some attention out there. Keep workin' it guys - with a little refining I think you'll truly have something. The level of talent here is also noteworthy.
However they came up with this music, I think they've created something of interest, and definitely something alternative to alternative while at the same time retaining a semblance of melody and repetition, which ultimately draws you in.
I'm still a bit puzzled about the name of the band, but hey, that's the way it goes. It's easy to remember, at least.
Website: Lythium Records
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