Layne Garrett has created some truly original and at times mindblowing material on this release that strattles folk music and surreal sound collage surprisingly well. While it may not be perfect, I can't help but be excited about the amount of creativity that he is displaying. Like some sort of hybrid between Animal Collective and Nurse With Wound, Garrett creates songs that have sweet melodies and vocals at times, but also have an extra layer of psychedelic sound manipulation that creates a weird sense of presence over everything. So, the melodies suck you in instantly, but it's that extra psychedelic syrup that makes the whole experience glow so uniquely.
Oh, and did I mention this is a double disc set? The first disc seems to be the more "pop" disc (and I use that term very loosely), while the second disc is an all out meditative drone fest that slowly builds gong-like sounds into a stretched out tapestry of space. The first disc is full of a nice variety of odd samples (the slowed-down metallic sounds on "suspect claims to live here" are some of my favorites), but the skeleton of the songs seems to be acoustic guitar, even if it is turned down in the mix.. The interwoven nature of the sounds really reaches ecstatic proportions, and I felt like I was at the mercy of a sonic alchemist on "more, human, somehow" -suddenly falling into the most abstracted memory of a camping trip imaginable. For a real treat, I played both discs at the same time. Ah, the "Wizard of Oz+Dark Side of the Moon"-like synchronisities started popping up right away.
My main criticism with "...the lost space reconstructed..." would be that some of the sounds seem a little too "fresh out of the can" for my taste. The tremolo guitar on track 2 was the first glaring example of this. It just seems to sit on top of the mix and is way too clean. There are other subtle moments when the disc feels like it is touched by too many digital effects. It's really nothing that detracts from the overall experience, but I would have preferred to have some sounds worked over with analog equipment a little more.
Overall, I'm really impressed with Garrett, and I'm interested in hearing how his organic sound collage style continues to progress and evolve 8/10 -- Charles Franklin (9 May, 2007)