The difficult part about Crazy Doberman is keeping up with their releases. Not only do they seem to record 3 or 4 album a year, but countless singles, DIY tapes, etc.
If you haven’t dipped into the Crazy Doberman stream just yet, this self titled album is a pretty good place to get your toes wet.
For a Crazy Doberman release, it is a relatively mellow affair, grooves are started, maintained, then freaked out. Things get quiet again. Synthesizers moan.
It’s got a bit of a krautrock/psych feel going on, especially the first half of the first tune, “immortal hand or eye”. The second tune, “held inside/fragmented/kept close” is a bit more of a psychedelic journey, what with its guitar/flute combo, sparse percussion and panning organ-style keyboard washes. And, oh yeah, a recorder freakout towards the end.
Crazy Doberman recently published a bit of an interview from a Slovenian magazine that really struck a chord with me.
“-How did the free jazz influences get into the music?”
“It’s not so much free jazz as it’s the acoustic instruments involved i.e. reeds and brass. There are not really solos and individual players peeping thru rotten mis, more of a downer group sound with as many details to flesh out the chapters as possible. More akin to hearing a conversation in three rooms over and not being sure of how many people are in the space. ‘Free Jazz’ has its own system, we are aware of this and try to be as contrary as possible.”
The first song on 2038, “in your time-as it was in ours”, is actually one of the more “Free Jazz”-ish pieces I’ve heard so far from Crazy Doberman, a bit of Albert Ayler IS peeping thru the rotten mist, along with some mild middle european ethnic influences.
The second song, “waste house”, however, is more akin to a long lost sauerkraut dream. Or a dream I had nodding off to the sound of the sauerkraut tub bubbling away in the pantry as my senile germanic nanny prepared pork chops and applesauce. Was that a dream?
Free LSD by Crazy Doberman.
Bandcamp Link: Free LSD
If, after listening to Puce Mary, you’re still looking for the perfect music for your Halloween Party, especially music that will freak your guests out, Crazy Doberman’s Free LSD might be a good choice.
Along the lines of the menace put out on early Cabaret Voltaire tracks on albums like “Mix Up” and “Voice of America”, the tracks on Free LSD are echo and pan laden exercises in pure atmospheric doom.
I especially like the semi random low bass boom on Free LSD pt. 1. Though, the bass clarinet on pt. 2 is also very nice.
As I like to say, there’s no freak out like a clarinet freak out!