Monotract - "Pagu"
(Public Eyesore 2002, #60, LP)
From Aural Innovations #24 (July 2003)
Monotract are a trio from Miami, Florida who play a wild and free-wheeling brand of experimental electronics. The band consists of Carlos Giffoni, Nancy Garcia and Roger Rimada. Throughout the album the Residents often came to mind, and while the Residents sense of humor is often in evidence, Monotract are much more frantic and include more elements of freeform experimental electronics. They can be fairly noisey too, with lots of mindfucked chaos, brain piercing tones and anguished vocals. But there's lots happening here and amidst the craziness there are usually numerous interesting sounds and patterns developing. Even at their noisiest Monotract manage to produce multiple discernible sound patterns that continually transition through a succession of themes, and in this regard I'm sometimes reminded of the artfully manic whimsy of Vas Deferens Organization. There are also some quieter moments where the band mellow a bit and take the time to concentrate on a few simpler themes, though the listener is quickly catapulted back into the maelstrom. Overall, this was a fun set of thoughtful weirdness and there's enough going on to stand up to repeated listens.
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Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz