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Laddio Bolocko



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5 stars ''A super strident and unique aggressive Krautrock''

Laddio Bolocko was a short-lived American Krautrock band founded in 1996 that released 1 EP and 2 albums during its short career, with the infamous Strange Warmings of Laddio Bolocko being their debut album and what I'm going to talk about, I can say that of all the albums of Krautrock that I've tried so far, this is the most unique due to one factor that can put off many listeners: noise, right on the first track ''Goat Lips'' already attacks, demonstrating very well what the album will be like, the mix is quite loud, emphasizing the noise, and along with that, aggressive Krautrock with passages of Math Rock, Psychedelic, and Jazz and Noise Rock, the noise in Strange Warmings is what makes this album even more dynamic, giving substance for the track, I absolutely love ''Goat Lips'', a fantastic introduction, very dynamic and raw, the musicians are very talented, Blake Fleming is an incredible drummer, and I like how Drew St. Ivany guitar is so versatile and Ben Armstrong bass is great and pretty groovy and heavy.

The album always has something new to offer on each track, constantly loud and constantly innovative, ''Call Me Jesus'' is just as loud as the previous track, with a big focus on drums being probably the most noisy on the album, ''Nurser '' is very, VERY hypnotic and macabre, seriously, riffs with constant 23/8 changes that after such noisy and overwhelming sections comes the middle of the song which is an extensive atmospheric session that is simply scary, after these 3 strident tracks comes the ''The Man Who Never Was'' is less noisy, and more raw and quite jazzy and surprisingly featuring Marcus DeGrazia on saxophone, his playing is very dissonant and strange, which is really cool, and after this track he is quite present, ''Dangler'' and ''Y toros'' are very impressive epics, ''Dangler'' once again showing how much Blake are capable of, and then comes the last track on the album ''Y toros'', the longest of 30 minutes, a great hypnotic epic, Ivany returns with his riffs that alternate between strange and dynamic and atmospheric, the track as a whole is very impressive, here things get more explosive again, and at all times I paid attention, amazing and a worthy final track.

Strange Warmings of Laddio Bolocko is fantastic, every moment of the album is rich, and the Noise Rock elements are very well implemented, giving this album a very unique factor both inside and outside Krautrock, the tracks are dynamic, everything is very hypnotic and innovative, it's easily one of the best albums I've heard this year, the only thing that might put many people off listening to this album is precisely how noisy it is, very noisy, however, if you like it or you're okay with it, and If you want something different, I highly recommend it, a fantastic album from start to finish.


theaqua | 5/5 |


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