TOON - "Cudighi"
Blending drones, field recording, and other mysterious methods, sound artist Benjamin Van Howe performing under the name, Toon, creates a dense, atmospheric ear tapestry that permeates the senses.
Cudighi is as complicated and hard to explain as the awesomely bizarre cover art (designed by David Frazier) that represents it. Going by this cover art alone, Cudighi a story about how three people in a mint condition 1988 Chevrolet S-10 embark on a journey to deliver a load of sound equipment. Along the way, they all face challenges and triumphs, learning lessons about life and love. Before the story can conclude in a heartwarming way, with time left over for commercials, an evil, lamprey sort of thing, (which the locals have nicknamed The Cudighi,) attacks them and attempts to complete violence upon them. After some intense amount of struggle, and the heroic self-sacrifice of one of the three protagonists, success is had! The giant lamprey creature is defeated and the sound equipment is delivered safely to the starving schoolchildren, who can now make unusual, hard-to-classify tapes and release them in limited quantities for the world to hear! The school is saved! Everyone laughs wholesomely! All except for that one dead character whom they rename the music room in the school after.
Fantastic cover art aside, I really enjoyed this release. There is a fun interplay between the glitchy noises and fuzzy tape loops, against the more rhythmic backdrop of percussion and synths. The result is a clean, easy-to-listen-to sound that packs a lot of detail for those repeat listens. Next time you take your Chevy across the country to deliver music gear to starving kids, make sure you take your Cudighi tape along! It's a great listen.