AMG Review: Remedy for a Dwarf

Ole Lukkoye – Remedy for a Dwarf (1998)

AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Go a bit beyond Ozric Tentacles' Druidic reggae-rock hamlet, slip past the heavy Hawkwindish Tribe of Cro territory, and cross the frozen tundra to the permafrost kingdoms of Russia's tribal trance-rock rulers. Tunguskan fire-winds above, wolf claws rattling, darbuk calls, synths twisting sound, dwarf howl-screams, jimbees, chimes, Don Cherry like horns, bassoon effects, ritualistic vox, ample but sparse guitars, way-spacey programming aneath yon ice ring halos around an ancient Arctic moon that call you to other worlds of nomadic ancestors.

Mix the Orb's underworld excursions with Oldfield's concept albums and the Ozrics and Tribe of Cro trance-dance, add a dash of that Steve Tibbetts/Marc Anderson percussive dirge, then a pinch of Jai Uttal's Footprints with a dose of Sisters of Mercy guitar work. Sift it all through an ethnik-tribal-vworld-musick strainer.

Ole Lukkoye is: Boris Bardash on keys, guitars, and crooning a bit like a Russian David Byrne, Andrey Lavrinenko on bass, Frol on bassoon and ocarina, Yuri Lukjanchik on jimbees and darbuk. Also appearing are Oleg Shar, Sergev Radovsky, Evgenia Radovsky, Aleksander Kovalenko, and Vadim Kouzenkov. Nearly all of the band was doing some form of percussion as well!

John W. Patterson, AMG