Artist: Volcano the Bear
Title: Guess the Birds
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records
Format: 10"
Catalog #: mt028
Condition: mint!
Price: $15.00

Tracklist Samples
1 Millipede For the Little Boy/All the Paint I can Breathe/Volcano the Bear


Another fantastic, phantasmal adventure into the indescribable. Like traversing the lands spewed up in Alejandro Jodorowsky's "Holy Mountain," where the surreal mates with the spiritual, but only in fleeting audio glimpses as you walk the thoroughfare from the bazaar to the bizarre. Vague musical passages wash with voices, natural sounds, tribal drums and even snoring. A patchwork sewn of subtle dadaist vignettes, worn like a toga on the set of Satyricon. Cinematic, odd and earthy, this may be the delta-blues of noise!

Review by Mark Weddle of For connoisseurs of uncommon music the Lactamese 10" series from Portland based Beta-Lactam Ring Records has been quite a treat. The dozen records, each limited to 500 copies, come on direct metal mastered audiophile vinyl so they sound as great as they look. "Guess The Birds" is the 8th installment and surely one of the most anticipated. It's of an attractive dim gray vinyl and comes with a Dada meets Dali cover, big glossy inserts, signed art postcard and label stickers. Dada meets Dali is probably a good way to describe VTB's music too. Track titles will give you some idea: "Urchins At the Harp", "There In the House of the Moon", "Millipede for the Little Boy", "All the Paint I Can Breathe". The six tracks are relatively subdued and somewhat sluggishly unfold. Sounds include ambient shuffling about, some odd vocalizations and intercom talk, snoring, electronics and plenty of blown, bowed, plucked and struck stuff. Arabic overtones are present on a few songs thanks to vocal wailing, contemplative droning and percussion pastiche. Yes, it's uncommon music alright, but it's far from difficult listening. In fact, it's rather pleasant and always interesting.