Best of Year 2019
Well isn't this an utter delight. Compilation of downtown LA underground wizard John J. Lafia's post-punk experimentations and electronic fuckery. It says in the press release Lafia made this music with no intention of finding an audience, which is both evident in how free-ranging Lafia's muse was but also potentially misleading - this is not particularly 'difficult' nor is it simply obscure indulgence. It's just honest to god weirdo music, with occasional pop instincts shining through Lafia's fog of creative freewheeling . Not exactly the same sound, but it certainly possesses a Pere Ubu-like urge for wrong (therefore right) angles and abrasion and a clear affinity with Marnie Weber’s Songs Hurt Me. And in the low key Kraut buzz of '4th of July' there's a bonadife breakout track, the song people will pay £100 to own next year when this limited pressing is long gone (400 copies btw). Do not hesitate. Trust me (said no-one trustworthy ever, but honestly, trust me).