"...electrifying fusioneering explosions which scorch the tedium of the post rock set with sheer ambition and invention..."
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. Martin Dosh (dosh), JG Everest (Sensational Joint Chiefs), Andrew Broder (fog), Bryan Olson (Sensational Joint Chiefs), make some of the best music around. They each bring something wonderful to the group and if you can find their stuff on CD, it is a real treasure. Be sure you check out "Dosh" and "Fog" all part of the fantastic Minneapolis music scene.
Formed in Minneapolis in 1999, lateduster was originally an instrumental sextet called cropduster, with a symmetrical lineup of two guitars, two full drum kits and two DJs on 4 turntables. By the beginning of 2000, they had pared themselves down to a 4-piece and began honing their unique textural sound into intricately arranged chamber music. In 2000, they recorded and released the first of 3 "handmade" eps, independently released on their own Firetrunk Records label. In 2002, the best tracks from these early recordings were remastered and compiled on a new full-length record, Lateduster, that included 2 newly recorded songs. During the summer and fall of 2002 the band completed an all-new CD entitled five easy pieces, released Nov 2002, also on Firetrunk. Over the winter of 2002-2003, the band continued working on it's 3rd CD, a new original soundtrack to the 1925 silent German Expressionist film Variete, which they performed live at the SOUNDUNSEEN film festival in 2001. In April 2003, the DUST released it's first DVD, a collaborative project with choreographer Emily Johnson, and her company CATALYST, entitled Plain Old Andrea, With A Gun. In 2004, MERCK Records released EASY PIECES internationally to wide acclaim. As all four members continue to work on their other projects.
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I had heard the hospital no.32 on a short film, and instantly fell in love with it.... it seems to drift effortlessly, as if the music has made itself, rather than having been made by people. it's perfection. it lacks nothing, yet has nothing extra... it just is. eventually i got a copy of Lateduster's self titled album (which at the time was the only one with "hospital") and was happy to find out that "hospital no.32" was no fluke! this is their sound! not to say all their songs sound the same. they don't. Lateduster has cultivated a sound which ranges from post rock to freeform to low-key, dark-room jazz. this album is definitely worth the money, in fact, i would have payed more.
These guys are really special, found out about them very randomly but love their music. I like and also loathe comparing artists to other artists in music reviews, but I find myself challenged to really pinpoint a similar artist. Beautiful, strange and lasting music, highly recommended.