Boomkat Product Review:
Lakes is the pseudonym of Melbourne artist Sean Bailey, a musician and visual artist who with this release makes his recording debut. There's a rare level of invention on display here, using the barest of means Bailey has managed to plough a sonic furrow all his own. The madcap piano of 'Xeros' is especially unusual. It comes with the spirit of all the best lo-fi home recordings but with a real sense of unfolding mania throughout. In fact the DIY approach on this album is about as extreme as it gets: the whole thing was recorded using repeated dubbing via one-track tape decks. The results are often pretty remarkable though. 'Van Demon' sounds like 'Paint It Black' played in the magma-filled cauldron of a volcano, it's fiery, primal and utterly unintelligible in lyrical terms. The distorted lunacy of Lakes lies somewhere between Tom Waits' Real Gone, Sunburned Hand Of The Man's Z and the weirder end of the material unearthed on Messthetics compilations. Highly creative, confrontational stuff from start to finish. Highly recommended.