Can't really tell ya much about this band cause there isn't much information out there but what I can gather is that this is a dude from New Zealand, who obviously took its name from the Los Angeles basketball team. Other than that its up to the listener to imagine who made the music coming from the tape player. From what I hear it sounds like an 18 year old kid from New Zealand sitting in his bedroom fiddling with keyboards and tape players, dreaming of sunny California.
"When" is made up of one track that takes up both sides of the tape. The music is made up of slow keyboard drones that drift back in forth in harmony with layers of humming voices that sound like they are coming from multiple tape players spread around this kids bedroom. As they play he speeds them up, slows them down, and hums along. There is almost a hint of Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music," but reinterpreted by an 18 year old kid with only keyboards, his voice, and tape players opposed to guitar feedback and reel to reel recorders. It has the same feature of drifting harmonies playing at different speeds all in unison with multiple tape players. So, take "Metal Machine Music" and throw in a healthy dose of Ducktails, The Skaters, and California beach music and you get LA LAKERS. Definitely curious to hear more from this dude! 8/10 -- Jon Lorenz (19 November, 2009)