Cacophony '33' ‎– Kangorama / Swamp Wasser

Outsider Records ‎– OUT 002
Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Limited Edition, Numbered


A Kangorama 6:45
B Swamp Wasser 6:55

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Edition of 333 numbered copies.
Each has a different/unique front insert.

(C) 1997 Cacophony .3.3. (P) Outsider Records 1997


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May 12, 2012
For this single CACOPHONY '33' have become a duo, with a chap called MARTIN SPECK (bass) joining KEVIN KETTLE (keyboards, sampler and guitar).

"Kangorama" is a soft, easy-listening instrumental from this pair. Quick paced on opening, it soon relaxes back into a smooth gentle piece which once more reminds me of CHINA CRISIS (in the best possible way). KEV's smooth style of keyboard layering and minimal 'sax' motif are as ever a deft accomplished style, with SPECK's bass adding a smooth rolling sound thanks to what I assume is a low resonant phase. Although it does dig itself into a groove, it manages to weave a spell around the listener.

"Swamp Wasser" is probably the more interesting of the two pieces here, managing to maintain the relaxing, almost soporific pace without becoming so smooth that the listener's attention begins to wander. Okay, so maybe it nods towards Ambient, even New Age, but it has it's own sound - a kind of crossover between Soft Electronica and the Deep Forest style of easy listening.

CACOPHONY '33' have probably become the JAMES LAST ORCHESTRA of the shallow end of Alternative Music / Counter Culture. This is by no means an insult - why shouldn't we have our own Easy Listening? Why, if you want atmosphere to relax to should you have to opt for VIDNA OBMANA or some such deconstructed sound. Don't expect them to be bearing banners, carrying torches, shouting anger or writing anthems - they will never bash metal nor grind guitars, but then again, aren't there enough people doing that?

This is a delightful softness for the end of the day.

Originally reviewed for Metamorphic Journeyman.