An eight song mini-disc that is surprisingly crunchy and varied. For its budget, Red Carpet For Vladimir manage a sweeping, evocative sound. “Masque II” is the second release I’ve heard from Last Station Radar, and it seems like the limited edition label has a good ear to the ground for new sounds.
“Hasil,” “Long Way” and “KR” crackle and drone with lots of airy space amid the static. The real highlights, though, are “Free Freaks” “W” and “Flag in the Rubbish,” which have a bit more bite, but still, amid the noise, maintain a benevolence that is somehow comforting. Maestros jb and fd create abrasive, almost atonal noise, complete with whack horns and thudding bass, but the exhuberance is winning, and, well, positive.
I’m not sure who Red Carpet for Vladimir are, or if they will ever surface again, but the heart and crazed power of “Masque II” is palpable, and sure warrants another go round. I’m sure these guys have a lot more ideas rolling around. 7/10 -- Mike Wood (25 February, 2009)