Laika and the Cosmonauts

Laika and the Cosmonauts

Absurdistan

Yep Roc

Once again, Finnish instrumental combo Laika and the Cosmonauts (not to be confused with purveyors of jagged ethereal pop Laika) emerge with a solid collection of hummable — but not singable — ditties. “Disconnected,” the opening track, is a sly roundup of phone sex and international espionage. At least that’s what it sounds like. “Look! No Head!” has a great driving splash cymbal beat and occasional exclamations punctuating mean-spirited riffing not unlike Huevos Rancheros. It’s not fair to call this surf music; however, any fan of the genre will instantly appreciate this guitar-heavy instrumental concoction.

Yep Roc Records, P.O. Box 4821, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-4821; http://www.redeyeusa.com/yeproc

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