Album Reviews

Karl Blau: Golden Chariot [Single Review]


Karl Blau is a bit of a mad genius, like many of the folks creating music in Anacortes and it’s bigger brother Olympia. The music is grounded in genre influences like pop and folk, but it’s also a bit out there. It always has been. And you know, with artists as unique as Blau, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Golden Chariot is Blau’s latest offering and it comes in the form of a Dub Narcotic Disco Plate courtesy K Records, who will also release it as a 12″ EP.

“Golden Chariot” blends lo-fi folk with non-traditional folk instruments like saxophone and non-traditional folk sub-genre offerings like R&B. It makes for a sound that’s borderline nerdy, but has an indubitably cool factor to it, kinda like Bill Haverchuck. There’s an unquestionable nerd element present, but it’s also invariably awesome. Then “Dub Chariot” takes the original and hashes it into an unrecognizable experimental haze. So when it comes down to it, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from someone like Blau. And that, too, is just how I like it.

The Golden Chariot 12″ single MAX hits May 10.

Listen: “Golden Chariot” by Karl Blau
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K Records [7″ Single, 2011]

1. Golden Chariot
2. Dub Chariot

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