lacunae

Review of "love me"

Andrew Miller, Submission Magazine

"Okay. Confession time. Yes, this is my friend Tony’s group, and no, they aren’t exactly signed to a label yet, but hear me out. I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t think that these guys were at least worth a little of your time. And believe you me, they’re worth more. Love Me gets more and more interesting the more I listen to it, and if you’re into electronic music at all, chances are the same will be true for you, if you give them a try. Lacunae (which by the way is Latin for‘holes’) are Anthony Peluso, Kasten Searles, and Arson Bright, three people who have never met, at least not in the analog sense. Like their music, Lacunae is held together by streams of electrons (in the group’s case, in the form of a chance meeting and subsequent collaborations via Internet). Tracks and audiovisual pieces are composed by the hot-potato method, bouncing between hard drives until a concensus is reached on the final version of a track. Because of this highly impersonal technique, Lacunae are, unbeknownst to the general listening public, the lesser-known poster-children (flyer-children? leaflet-children?) of the Internet age: digital music made through digital human relationships. But what do they sound like? Well, now that IDM (or braindance or whatever you want to call it) has a fully fledged 15+ year history, a cadre of core musicians, and a canon of records more or less considered ‘essential’, it would stand to reason that eventually the most ambitious of the kids who grew up rocking out (or raving out?) to leftfield electronica in the 90’s would seize the nearest laptop and try to imitate their forebears. But unlike many of their peers, Lacunae are more than a mere imitation; they are not content to be just Aphex wannabes. They obviously revere the greats of IDM, but they never let their reverence get in the way of their artistic identity. I won’t go too much into their sound directly, though some of their tracks sort of sound like what Boards of Canada’s music might be if it were darker and less sample-heavy. You can also find out yourself what they sound like at www.lacunaemusic.com. Though I will say this: a few weeks ago after my radio show (at midnight Thursdays on WCWM 90.9 FM!) I tried an experiment whereby I simultaneously played Love Me and a collection of poems written and read by Alan Ginsberg, and by God the combination was phenomenal. One of my listeners immediately IM’ed me at the station and asked where he could get a copy of the music. So yes, this is empirically verifiable as worth your time, people. Although all of the parties involved in Lacunae (as far as I know) still have separate day jobs, I believe that they have the drive, the technical knowhow, and the creativity to make it. All they need for right now is your ears."

Andrew Miller
Submission Magazine

"..cyborg love poetry over detached, spacey beats..."
Andrew Miller, "Raggedy Ab 'n Andy's Variety Show" WCWM Radio