London’s A.R. Kane are a black duo who wield guitars rather than sampling machines. But their ethereal version of ”black rock” has little in common with the funk-metal bombast of Living Colour. Influenced by Miles Davis’ late ’60s jazz-rock fusion and reggae’s echo-laden beat, A.R. Kane combine irridescent guitar haze with haunting melodies and mystical imagery. Americana is their U.S. major label debut, courtesy of art-rocker David Byrne’s new record label, Luaka Bop. It’s a compilation of tracks from the late-’80s EPs and LPs that in Britain won the group huge critical acclaim and influenced a generation of indie bands. ”Up” is a dazzling soundscape as vast and forbidding as Antarctica, while ”Spermwhale Trip Over” (from their debut album, 69) is a blurry, blissful evocation of an underwater Garden of Eden. Elsewhere, A.R. Kane move closer to pop. ”A Love From Outer Space” drapes exotic synthesizer noises over brisk house-music beats. ”Spook” is celestial stadium rock, like U2 on LSD. A.R. Kane’s ”dreampop” fills the mind’s eye with fantastical images; don’t miss this opportunity to feed your head. A+
Americana London's A.R. Kane are a black duo who wield guitars rather than sampling machines. But their ethereal version of ''black rock'' has little in common...AmericanaRock London's A.R. Kane are a black duo who wield guitars rather than sampling machines. But their ethereal version of ''black rock'' has little in common...1992-02-07A.R. Kane
Genre: Rock; Performers: A.R. Kane
Posted February 7 1992 — 12:00 AM EST
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