EUGENE CARCHESIO / LEIGHTON CRAIG

Leaves

(Naturestrip) CD $14.25

Eugene Carchesio’s timeless work as a visual artist has unjustly eclipsed his extraordinary output as a soundmaker. Since the early ’80s, he has proliferated a sackful of barely released cassettes and CDRs under the D.N.E moniker, consisting of some of the most waywardly original and exploratory music made in Australia. Similarly, Leighton Craig’s work, usually documented in tiny editions on his own Kindling label, has been heard by relatively few ears, but those who listen are immediately struck by the sublime sensibility, the effortlessness, and the exquisitely detailed understatement of his music. Carchesio and Craig are core members of the freely improvising psych-primitive ensemble The Lost Domain, whose CDs on Pseudo Arcana, Broken Face and Digitalis have created a fairly hefty underground stir, yet as a duo, their music has never previously traveled further then the ears of a handful of close friends.