Lark’s fifth album ‘Funny Man’ fuses darkly gothic nursery rhyme vocal themes with low slung bass, warped, disorienting noise, creepy melodies and rhythm programming and sampling onto a foundation of un-characteristically traditional song structures resulting in fourteen tracks of sludgy, industrial feedback goodness.
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Oooph this is grim. It’s almost inconceivable that people make music like this in the year 2015. It sounds like it was made in a bleak concrete building in the industrial area of a crumbling city in deepest darkest 1981.
It’s industrial electronic pop with grinding beats and lashings of guitar scree over which Karl Bielik rattled off doom laden imagery with dark humour - sample lyric “reminds me of a fishing trip and a bad accident with a man called Albert”. Early ‘80’s misery guts like The Birthday Party, Cabaret Voltaire and John Foxx are brought to mind and fans of Swans may like the dark intensity to such standouts as the string laden ‘Curtains’. It’s dramatically hard work, the music sometimes sludges along in the manner of a dog making itself heavy when it doesn’t want to go for a walk.
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