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by lacunae

A dark, exotic fever dream vision of low-fi pounding beats, ethereal synthesizers, earthquake bass, crushed twitching noise, and Kasten's desperate, entrancing voice. Imagine Skinny Puppy, Gary Numan and Boards of Canada having drinks with Portishead.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. your surface
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2. lifetime
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3. rebuild in black
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4. follow me down
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5. giving up
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6. from dust
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7. eight zero one
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8. driver
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9. stars burn out
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10. rise
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11. arms of an ideal
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12. loneliness of lovers
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Album Notes
Reviews and Comments on "collapse":

"Their previous album was stunning and impressive. I was very much looking forward to their new album. And now it’s here. Collapse is the next step. And again, stunning and impressive. ... When listening to this album, it occurs to me that Lacunae could well be the next Massive Attack."
- Stefan Koopmanschap, Electronic Music World

"There's a lot of darkness in the record: twisted soundscapes, distant radio transmissions, lost highways. But it's the light, found in Kasten Searles' sweet vocals, that makes Collapse something special. Twisted, manipulation soundscapes that go for the head via the heart..."
- Anton S. Trees


The members of lacunae have never met.

lacunae's music has roots in the electronics of artists like Boards of Canada, Skinny Puppy, and Gary Numan; and in the dark, sexual undertones of Tricky and Portishead.

Kasten Searles: vocals, tape recorders, digital audio recorders, toy synthesizers, ukulele, ambient noise
Arson Bright: analog-modeling synthesizers, samplers, sequencers, field recordings
A. Peluso: samplers, digital synthesizers, samplers/triggers, sequencers

Kasten is currently located in Philadelphia, PA, Arson in Concord, NH, and A. Peluso in Columbus, OH.

Much of lacunae's sound can be attributed to their distinct songwriting process. The recordings grow from isolation. Kasten's voice travels to Arson. Arson's arrangements travel to A. A. recompiles the material for the listener.

Collapse is lacunae's second full-length work.



In 1995, Arson found Kasten's postal address on her strange and short lived cable access program. The two have exchanged piles of art and strangeness through the mail ever since.

Though at times Kasten and Arson have been close enough to leave notes or throw sacks of journals at each other, they have only communicated via art and text. This relationship eventually grew to include audio.

Six years later, A. was working with Arson on the now concluded Kopano Media Remix Project. Through Arson, he discovered Kasten's art on the web.

In 2002, Kasten sent some of her video work to A. On a whim she included some of her audio collaborations with Arson and a fateful appeal: "Remix us + we will be happy."

In a single 18 hour remixing session, lacunae's first work, the Making New Errors EP, was created.

The three named their group "lacunae" as a tribute to the distance between them, and decided to never meet in person.

*CDs come with free lacunae stickers*



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Kyle Weiss

Clean, sophisticated and direction given to slippery chaos.
I admit. I've been talking to this group for a bit now, discovered them on MySpace of all places.

In addition to them being all swell people, I was tickled pink to find this album just as good as the first, perhaps better. For those that require minimalist mood enhancement, go for "Love Me." That album really can salt-and-pepper any mood to taste. It's always handy in my player.

"Collapse" is different. It has bite. It has clarity. It has that fullness that I also like in any production. "Collapse" is good for those looking for that great driving album. Something to reach for when you don't want dark, mid 1980's industrial OR the headspinningly neat numerous choices from the unfortunately named "IDM" category.

I love Lacunae. I've never been so proud to know or listen to this group of talented upstarts. Listening to them now on Last.Fm, there's no stopping them now.

I only wonder what would happen if they began work in person... perhaps like mixing water, magnesium and fire. Aluminum, water and oxygen. Snicker's bars, Skittles and a Jenny Craig convention. It'd be big, messy and fun. That's certain.

Oh yes. Buy this album! I'm supposed to say that, right? Of course I am!


Derek Russell

Simply amazing
just finished listening to the whole disc for the first time. I have to say that it is simply amazing! Your music has matured a lot, and has become more composed than your first album. I really like the direction that Lacunae is heading...