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Laconic Zero

"Tribeca" CD

Handmade Records

Genre: experimental rock, free jazz


Jan 7, 2009

How many bands can you name that list bass guitar and Commodore 64 as their principle instruments? Well, get ready to add a new name to that list, because aside from some guest guitar on a few tracks, Laconic Zero sticks to the essentials on Tribeca. The work of Trond Harald Jensen, Laconic Zero is a bizarre addition to the annals of 8-bit video game music. More aggressive than some of the bleepier contributors to the genre, Tribeca relies on clunky beats, distorted bass, and grimy electronic beep & hum to produce its effect. It's interesting stuff but it doesn't have the atmosphere or melody to keep you coming back. Overall, despite some measure of transient novelty value, Laconic Zero simply doesn't cut it.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 19 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2007]