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Buffle : Constrictor
What needs to be said about a band that invents a new dance for every song they make and play flute by hanging it from a car window during their tours? The wind plays the flute like Buffle their casios, percussions and guitars. So we hear a pure feast of love and joy. Flux of funny sounds meet clumsy and naive repetition in a way that would make Holger Czukay hot of jealousy in his pool. And there's nothing better in life than to be hanging out in the breezing streets of Belgian winter and be saved by Buffle feeding you different kinds of vegetarian pizza slices.
"If you took a room full of retarded children, and then gave them your guitar, a Casiotone, a couple of drums, a bass guitar, a flute, and a four-track, you basically would end up with this tape.
You are hearing noise, repetitive beats, feedback, simplistic bass lines, and electronic blips and bleeps. And all the while, Buffle goes out of their way to avoid anything even vaguely close to a flow, or a point. So if this release lacks any recognizable soundposts on your listening adventure, it more than makes up for it with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Pointless though it may be, it is amusingly fun. But again, just think of retarded children and you won’t be that far off.
I will also say that side B is a little more interesting that side A because it focuses more on the bizarrely warbling synth tones that are buried beneath the feedback on side A. Of course, the difference is measurable in microscopic degrees.
That the Scandinavian cassette underground continues to rule the world of bizarre and goofy music is certainly reinforced on this impenetrably ridiculous release. I love the idea that these guys felt the need to actually name each piece as if they were actually part of what anyone would even call a song. As it is, there are no vocals, and nothing of any real interest to grab your attention here.
If you spent any time in your youth with a four-track and way too much of a controlled substance, then you probably have something that sounds just like this tucked away in your closet. If you are at all interested in this cassette, you’d be better off digging in your closet for your own. At least you’d have the fond memories of making it. If by chance you never touched the devil’s weed or a four-track, and you love nothing more than music that goes absolutely nowhere in a hurry, then this release is right up your alley."
- John Cramer / foxy digitalis