CLUB KURU | Loot
Londoner L L Erskine has put a lot of thought into every aspect of this project. ‘Ku-ru’ is a name given to an incurable neurological disease which spread among a tribe in Papa New Guinea through cannibalism, and even a song title like ‘Loot’ seems fitting: You hear a song like this and you want to smash the proverbial store window, seep out all its parts and use them for yourself.
Alongside the suitably strung-out ‘Long Drive’, this is the more immediate of Erskine’s tracks. His vocals don’t decorate the scene with anything improbably ambitious, but the surrounding instrumentation is a strange, unlikely mix. Every touch is deft and calculated, each fleeting moment flowered with something precious. But its ultimate stance has something grim lurking beneath. Maybe not as grim as, say, cannibalism, but it sure is an enticing mix, one befitting the project.