Lä-Ppisch

Karakuri House

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Lä-Ppisch pack up their things, fly out to New York, and get produced by Todd Rundgren, who is coming off the notoriety and success of producing XTC's Skylarking and Bourgeois Tagg. The result? Well, it sounds quite like any other Lä-Ppisch album, but less, as if they were in awe of their idol and played it safe. Apart from a heavy reliance on echo and the drums being lowered in the mix, Rundgren seems here mostly for name. This is the most ska the group has been, very Fishbone in places, and the album closer, "Rinjin," was a deserved hit single in Japan (it contains a very silly guitar solo). There's also the deliciously spacy "Aru Mono Kusa Na Asa," all echoing slide guitar and billowing organ. It's a surprisingly conservative album in spots, but at least the trip gave the band the chance to play CBGB's. Donn Adams, veteran of many NRBQ gigs, lends trombone on several tracks.