Barakuda by Naphta is a rare gem of an album recorded on a drunken weekend in 2007. Under extreme and seldom-occurring conditions they forged a unique and precious sound – a one-shot recording of live compositions including plenty of improvisation and a few overdubs thrown in for good measure.
The resulting LP is an excursion into another world, with ever-changing soundscapes flashing past the portholes. Moments of high-tempo Kraut crescendos are balanced with melodic wind instruments caressing the ship’s sagging sails. A spectacular swirl of drive and drift.
The band set out with the aim to play as few notes as possible on instruments they couldn’t play. The result was guitar solos played on flutes, broken synthesisers providing a crystalline sheen and an all-embracing attitude towards those moments of chemical bedlam and everything that follows.
Naphta evaporated in 2011 after several members moved out of town and a water pipe burst in the practice room. They left behind only a few recordings, damp wall paper and the hazy memories of their chaotic performances, fading pictures littered with faulty equipment, cross-dressing and a burnt-down stage.
Polychrome Sounds are now re-releasing the band’s debut album in a limited run of 250 records and re-condensing the five original elements of the band on 13th September for a one-off concert not to be missed.