AIDEN BAKER & IDKLANG: In the Red Room LP Karlrecords
Baker’s discography is truly expansive; with at least two or three albums a year, more often than not collaborating with other artists. In all honesty a lot of the releases can be hit and miss, such is the price of being prolific.
This two-track album is undoubtedly an oddity; pleasant all in all but as strange as it is serene. The title track utilises gentle guitar harmonics and drones that drift into pattering glitches and delay; whilst the second side, ‘Where we’re from the Birds Sing a Pretty Song’ carries on from where side A left off, albeit in a nonsensical fashion.
‘In the Red Room’ is harmless, but isn’t Baker’s finest hour due to feeling like one long pointless jam session. Collectors will appreciate this on its vinyl format, whereas I am aghast that some people actually manage to get a vinyl release (and this doesn’t warrant it), while others never get the opportunity.
That being said, this isn’t a terrible release, it is however an album that left me wanting more; just not for the right reasons.