Published Apr 01, 2002Former King Cobb Steelie guitarist Al Okada, the textural wizard featured on their first three albums, unleashes his musical id in his first solo project. Its a dubterranean landscape of smoky jazz, Red Snappers down-tempo cinematica, Laikas sounds for stargazing, and post-punk goth. More than anything, though, it resembles a lush and creepy Badalamenti score for a sci-fi film, with upright bass, twangy guitar, vibes and twilight textures. Okada is a funkier drummer though, and hes responsible for all the music, editing and sampling only self-created and non-quantised sounds. Tamara Williamson floats above Okadas cloudy compositions with her patented though no less effective reverbed ethereal vocals, providing a semblance of pop structure to give casual listeners an entry point. Otherwise, its a haunting, occasionally harrowing and very headphone-friendly trip.