With one of those slightly irritating goth-esque names that you can
never quite remember, Lacunae consist of Kasten Searles,
Arson Bright and one A. Peluso, and, intriguingly, they
have never actually met!
Since 1995 Kasten and Arson have been collaborating on various
unspecified artistic endeavours via mail, joined by the one who
simply appears to call themselves A. Six years later, they named
their musical work Lacunae "As a tribute to the distance
between them", it says here, but I'm not sure why... Please hold
while I Google.
n. pl. la•cu•nae (-n) or la•cu•nas
1. An empty space or a missing part; a gap:
2. Anatomy A cavity, space, or depression, especially in a bone,
containing cartilage or bone cells.
Ahh... all becomes clear... Well actually it does, a bit.
There are empty spaces that must be filled, and there is
a gap between them!
You see the process they have chosen to adopt in they're music
making, that of sending tapes (or more likely files these days, I
guess), to each other, will and does have an effect on the final
result, that is both special and beautiful but also detrimental. But
back to this later.
Their Collapse CD (current resident music crm003) is an
atmospheric blend of glitchy electro and the breathy ethereal voice
of Ms Searles. The beats are cold, cut short and tight with nods
towards Matmos, Coil circa Loves Secret Domain, or
even Kraftwerk at their most bleepy. There is something of
Portishead's or Tricky's heady grooviness, but
thankfully, less of the hashish. For example, it really sounds great
in my car (where it has been looping for nigh on a month now).
It lacks emotion in places, and despite the rhythmic nature of most
of it, it never really gets funky or cool, but lets face it, funky
and cool can be a bit crap can't it?
I like the blend of heavily gated spiky beats, buzzy basses and cold
digital pads and bells that sound like a circuit bent Casio or some
such mutation, and the voice which can be both breathy, sexy and
enigmatic, but often its chopped into tiny rhythmic slices that
flitter and chirp, like grasshoppers in the often chaotic but never
A phenomenally gorgeous vocoder section in Rise is
reminiscent of something I can't place right now, and from then on I
realise that this forgotten reference is quite prevalent in the
sound of Lacunae, probably good I can't remember!
Oh, there's some repeating of ideas here, the whispering wears thin,
and the once cool snippety snip speech, probably done with
Splonki or Flitchsplifter (or one of the other fantastic
VST plug-ins from
is overused, and everything is distorted and screwed around with the
WHOLE TIME... but goddammit... Everything U2 do sounds the same,
doesn't it? Everything Oasis does sound the same. Electronica has to
be oh so fucking diverse all the time, and that sucks... Lacunae
have found a sound, and they are sticking to it, and that's alright
The thing is, that the distance recording methodology, introduces
two elements to their sound. Firstly it encourages the individuals
to really explore their individual interests without the boundaries
of the usual band compromise, bicker, and power trips, BUT... also
encourages heavy and ruthless editting and mutation of the source
material. This produces some really fascinating and edgy
combinations of sounds and textures, which can however sometimes
seem overworked and almost too produced, and allowing no room for
performer interaction, improvisation or... well... life!
It might bother me more but behind the glitch and the distortion
their songs are so fantastically musical and damned catchy, I'm