People Like Us

Lassie House/Jumble Massive

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For years, Vicki Bennett has been turning out Plunderphonic tracks that are always good for a chuckle. You can think of Bennett as a less academic John Oswald, creating art by hacking up--and reassembling--found sound, tape reels, radio plays, and tacky music. LASSIE HOUSE/JUMBLE MASSIVE collects two People Like Us rarities, namely a 10-inch picture disc from 1997, and a very limited 1996 LP.

The four LASSIE HOUSE tracks are quite barking mad, based on cheesy renditions of "Tea for Two" and other muzak staples, and intercut with dialog (filched from soap operas, readings of kids' books, radio talk shows, on-the-street interviews, and commercials), noise splices, and exaggerated sound effects. Many of the JUMBLE MASSIVE pieces are in a similar, somewhat narrative vein. Between the cut-up lines, however, Bennett tries her hand at actual music-making. "Sound Escape Part 3" incorporates alpenhorn and luau themes for a much more lighthearted effect, while "Sound Escape Part 2" is a truly odd mix of make-out, rockabilly, experimental, and Saturday matinee musics. Recomposed from treated samples of orchestral music, "Sound Escape Part 1" stands out as a particular People Like Us triumph.