Puget Sound Records
Why is it worth reviewing the tracks from a one-time tour of a documentary feature film soundtrack that never materialized? Two artists: Kid Koala and Wolfmother. The Canadian Koala (Eric San), along with hip-hop producer Dynomite D (Dylan J. Frombach), once upon a time created the score to a film-to-be. The tracks were completed, but the film wasn’t. However, the soundtrack garnered the attention of Wolfmother’s ex-rhythm section — keyboardist and bassist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett — and a collaboration was born.
With signature fast scratches and psychedelic rock influences with guitar riffs and house-like male vocals, the live tour performance features six turntables playing off of Ross and Heskett’s sounds. Melodic bass lines with intensely and eerily fuzzy dark guitars create a gripping ambience, one that is enough to picture oneself in a futuristic action movie, but not so loud as to be annoyingly head-splitting. The veteran DJ understands sparseness and key uses of crescendo. If you can get your hands on a live recording, listen to the tracks in the background or crank it up and put on head-hugging ear for an ideal audiophile experience.
The previous issue of Hyphen is available in its entirety for your perusing pleasure. Almost as good as having it right in your hands!