Album Review: Infomercial Gasmask by ALU

Album Name: Infomercial Gasmask
Artist: ALU
Year/Label: 2004 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

The voice coos…

“Welcome to the wasteland. Close your eyes, Take hold of my hand. I will lead you through the barren streets where paranoid creatures pray in their sleep. You and I will make it through this bitter life. Well make it through tonight…”

and you are a willing participant.

This is an incredibly beautiful atmospheric record. Think: a cross between Trespassers William and Portishead.

As you might guess, the music is ambient, electronica with a many layers and a lot of stuff going on. The mysteriously named Alu has an incredible voice that soothes and haunts at once. Vocals aren’t her only talent either. She also wrote al the songs here and produced the CD as well.

Lovers of shoegazer and trip-hop music must check out this band.

Stand out songs: Well, really they are all amazing, but Ghostdream is downright haunting and Confession to the Undertaker is sexy and spooky. Elegy has a nice creepy carnival accordion sound on it. Well, I could go on. I imagine that every time I hear this CD I will pick a new favorite. Go get this CD already…really, and play it loudly. MMMMMmmmmmm……….

Posted on October 8, 2004

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Asphyxia
2. Ghostdream
3. Avalon
4. Confessions to the Undertaker
5. Elegy
6. Ordinary Deity
7. Big Box, Little Box
8. Stigma
9. Swingset
10. Lady X
11. Last Lullaby

[ALU Official Site]


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