Louis Johnstone, aka Wanda Group aka Mr. Group aka Caps Lock Man, has another alias and it's Henry Caravan. While he's not making patchwork collages from his endless tray of field recordings, he might be sitting at a piano, as he ostensibly is on Tongue Order -- you can still hear the real world debris happening about him, but amidst the creaking are some jointless, discordant piano renditions played with a nice penchant for the dramatic. It's scary, pretty and very simple, with these one-take recordings happening between a recorder and a piano and little else -- except a nearby plant he occasionally brushed up against.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 21 December 2016
Louis Johnstone of WANDA GROUP/caps lock fame spins off with a tape less about recording the world, the universe and everything in favour of improvised songcraft. As Henry Caravan, an alter ego he likes to talk about in the third person, he plays the piano while ostensibly drinking vodka, plunging deep on the keys for a mix of discordance and accidental percussion. Being a maker of recordings at heart, it's everything inbetween the playing that stands out: you can hear him shuffling about, bumping against the piano, adding in supplementary recordings and the like.
The piano playing is nice, though -- it offers terse and often evil non-melody, or striking chord sequences of damnation. It comes together with the noisy dictaphone samples Johnstone is playing with, which serve in some ways as his brass section, offering compressed textures both crude and elegiac. It's a lovely little experiment that occasionally offers something seriously beautiful, but continues to prove what a great sound Johnstone gets out of existence.
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