Lavatone is an ambient noise project founded in 1994 by Drew Holder in Amarillo (Texas) using a 4-track cassette recorder, microphone and effects processor to create other worldly atmospheres.
Drew still uses analog recording techniques along with elements of drones, percussion, found sounds and field recordings to create Lavatone’s unique soundscapes.
Lavatone has self-released several albums all focusing on ambient, dark ambient, noise and psychedelic textures.
Tartarus Times seeks to document the existence of certain music and write about what is actually salient in it without giving outright opinions as to its quality or worth.
Lavatone – The Blue Boar – The album starts with “Monolith”, which begins with a very distorted bass note that thunders in with a low two note choir melody, and this is repeated four times until a metallic sounding drone comes in over the top. After four more repetitions, noise starts to snake through the mix. Then, a drum which sounds like it’s being beaten with a mallet thunders out over the mix repeatedly. A distorted instrument plays two notes in repetition. Reverb feedback echoes, overcoming most of the mix. Then, all drops out except for the low choir and a distant drum hit. A drum begins playing two beats in succession, then [ continue reading…]