Sunday, May 06, 2007

Bubonic Plague

Instant Coma, an insouciantly morbid play on John Lenon's “Instant Karma,” is the second collection of songs from tongue-in-cheek urban-goth synthaestesiologists Bubonic Plague.

Songwriter Geneva Jacuzzi broadens her horizons, offering the unsuspecting listener a variety of groovy synth options. Her signature pastiches space-travel into sonic thickness while dropping nods to plastic soul, surrealist jazz, and post-any-wave underground.

The mysterious mix of cryptic humor and quasi-occult obscurantics has not so much mellowed as it has become part of every seeping pore, dropping a dizzying quotient of beguilingly indecipherable quips while catching by the tail that all-too elusive musical beast: suspense.

Recorded entirely on 8- and 4-track analog equipment, these tracks push the limits of ad-hoc tape-craft, resembling resuscitated editions of sparklingly jaded, solid-state studio technique in its heyday, handed down from ear to ear on generations-old mix-tapes.

As infectious as Bubonic Plague cult favs “Dracula” and “The Sleep Room,” yet mesmerizingly layered and deceptively lo-fi, these songs stand to survive a casual listen. This music makes the masses groove via pure hypnotic suggestion.

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