SHARKWEEK: Gimme Gimme Shark Treatment
By Jacob Connor
Iíve developed an affection for Sharkweek over the years. Peter Lewis always seems to have a naive quality, like an idiot savant locked in a room full of Fisher Price play pianos. His work with Sean Murgatroyd in the Tom Bosley Experience reeked of bad acid, damp flats and the sweat of desperation. This remix album borders on proficient, perhaps in deference to the originating artists. There are bastardised cuts from Sick Cycle, SoNic Smith and The Illtronics. The treatments are less unhinged than Sharkweek-written material, but thatís not to say the tracks arenít twisted into outlandish new shapes Ė Lewis will find a monologue or dialogue theme and cut up samples to provide a kind of narrative to the accompanying music bed. I donít know how many machines he has, but there does seem to be a uniform attack: apply synthesised timbales, one finger keyboard riff and obscure vocal sample. Far Out Son of Lounge features a fruitloop astrologer who sounds decidedly unwholesome. Pitch Blackís Harmonia has been re-imagined with an Elvis discourse on rock ní roll. Puff the Magic Dragginí might soundtrack the next NORML national conference. The CD rocks, in a tripped out trance fashion.