Boomkat Product Review:
Kaboom Karavan is the working moniker of Belgian Bram Bosteels, and true to Miasmah’s unshakable form he conjures dense and beautiful soundtracks to lost reels of flickering cinematic weirdness from the embers of Eastern European cinema and Gallic surrealism. Bosteels has been at this for a while too, and has his scraping soundtracks perfectly in check – they never get overwhelming or drift into self indulgence, instead constructing small vignettes, odes to puppetry and the Grand Guignol. There is a sense that Bosteels may have grown up just around the corner from a carnival that's seen better days; his creepy horns and scraped steel strings could almost hold up an old Big Top, with the wretched abominations that weave their way throughout ‘Bara Bara’ stepping out from the wreckage of its sideshow. The album could almost be linked to the clamorous pre-industrial stylings of German pioneers Einsturzende Neubauten; their deep, influential signature works as a sort of anchor for the material. ‘Bara Bara’ never gets too electronic, or overly processed, but the themes are there and the echoes of industrial music are unmistakable, emphasising its Dadaist soul, coughing up piece after piece of dilapidated, rusted scrap. We are blessed with the task of picking up the pieces, enjoying another slice of essential, beautiful and slightly creepy weirdness from Miasmah. Recommended.