KingBathmat - "Son Of A Nun"
(3-track CDR, 2002)
From Aural Innovations #21 (October 2002)
KingBathmat is John Bassett of Hastings, England. This 3 song CD is a sampler of the different kinds of music he's exploring.
Not Born 2 Share is pure Carnaby Street psychedelic pop, with bouncy organ, weirdo sci-fi synth effects, and melodic guitar breaks. Post Traumatic sounds like a mid-80's rock tune that dives, midway through, into a far too brief Hawkwind-like space jam, before returning to its roots (though it does return to a bit of the freakiness towards the end). Uncle Remus is spacey in a slower way, with whooshing, theremin-like sounds punctuating it throughout.
All three songs are in the 4-minute range, and follow to some extent conventional pop formulas, but Bassett throws in enough twists and strange effects to keep things interesting.
Visit the KingBathmat web site at: http://www.kingbathmat.0catch.com
A full 10-track CD is available at: http://www.mp3.com/kingbathmat
You can contact KingBathmat via email at email@example.com or via snail mail at: flat 6, 21/22 Conwallis Gardens, Hastings, East Sussex, England, UK, TN341LR.
Reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald