Illegal filesharing is undoubtedly doing it’s bit towards discouraging people paying for music, but the amazing amount of stuff you can get for free must surely be doing similar. What’s the point in risking the new Tobacco LP being any good when people like Texas’ LAY BAC is giving away entire albums of good material for free?
For those who follow the Altered Zones pack, the name might sound new to you, but the tunes may not – the project was formerly called De Rol Lé, though thankfully the excellent ‘pidgeot’ myspace URL has remained in tact from that era. Branding his work as experimental, the tunes flirt with the more ambient areas of the digital sonic spectrum, but most of the time this is a sound of an artist willingly pushing his boundaries, attempting to see where they are. That he’s been courted by Disaro for a release speaks volumes, both of the label’s knack of spotting talent and of LAY BAC’s own unique charm.
Whilst much of the free download record Ooo Kokomo is purposely obscure, there are hints of pop brilliance running throughout, with Beach Cassette Jam bouncy and tropical, enough to get the feet moving. Almost title track Kokomo echoes this, but in grimly distorted terms, the sun swapped for ghosts in the machine, as the abundance of talent is illustrated. There are few artists about that manage to capture the party sound and reach such bizarre, haunting depths in less than 25 minutes, and even less that are giving it away for nothing.