This is soundtrack music Manny & Lo was the feature debut by Lisa Krueger; African Swim is referred to as "a film that no longer exists" so one expects a certain amount of fragmentation, underdeveloped mood cues, that sort of thing. But with most of the cuts clocking in around the minute mark there are 25 tracks on this 41-minute disc its like listening to a bunch of teasers, clever little gewgaws that split before they get under way. Too bad, cause Lurie has a knack for getting the most out of antic instrumentation, deftly blending bassoon, banjo, viola and harmonica into his little sketches though not all at once, of course.
Some of Swim sounds suitably African, swaying gently like a Sunny Ade session, but theres also chamberish miniatures and a very cool track "Goodbye To Peach" featuring Luries patented worry-a-phrase soprano sax playing. The Manny stuff is even less cohesive typically a lilting marimba feature leads into a punk rock song, which in turn leads into a gauzy guitar duet, all in just over two minutes. In sum, its more interesting than not Lurie is always more interesting than not but very, very thin.