Friday, May 04, 2007

connect_icut Review Spotted.
That rarest of beasts. This is the first review of La (An Apology), to the best of my knowledge. It comes courtesy of Frans de Waard, from the very excellent Beequeen. I've pasted it in below but if you want to see the review in its original context then go here.

"CONNECT_ICUT - LA (AN APOLOGY) (LP by CSAF Records)
It's been almost two years since we first and last heard of Connect_icut, through his CD 'Moss' on Dehausset Records (see Vital Weekly 467) and now he returns with a super limited LP (apparently less than 100 copies were made) in some fancy handmade cover. In the two years Connect_icut, a.k.a. Sam Macklin, toured a little bit the west coast but never made it to LA, there for an apology. Macklin likes his computer (perhaps like all of us) and he likes popmusic, taking pop sensibilities into the computer and vice versa. Guitars, organs and perhaps processed percussive sounds are the main ingredients in the seven tracks, and sometimes the elements of 'pop' can be recognized, especially on the first side with the shorter tracks. However it seems like those guitars and organ like sound have melted inside the computer, lifted perhaps from another dimension, and pasted together. Because they don't always make sense, it perhaps does make sense. When Connect_icut moves away from anything recognizable, he creates a densely layered sonic mass of sound, such as on the long 'Clear Sight Blinds', which is perhaps an appropriate title for something blurry as this. Blurry, but it does work on the senses. Connect_icut cites Oval, Coil (area 'Worship The Glitch') and Fennesz as influences and perhaps it's not strange to see that. It has that same sensibility of Oval's ambient work, Fennesz' laptop guitar work and the alienation of Coil. Well, perhaps that and much more. It would be too easy to say that Connect_icut is a mere copy of those he admires as he surely knows how to add his own flavor to the mix. Choosing his own sounds, carpeting them about, and staying away from anything remotely click or cut, he is not the most original voice on this scene, but carved out a fine niche for himself."

5 comments:

crys said...

sweet... yay sam!

Biggie Samuels said...

Yes, I rule.

But have you bought the album yet?

charlie m. said...

Sam, does rule.

I have a review half-written, I've sorta been bogged down. BUT ONE WILL appear soon. I promise...

Biggie Samuels said...

I was going to ask you about that.

Biggie Samuels said...

I've noticed, on my analytics, that a lot of people have been coming to this post recently but I can't figure out what's been driving them here. Can anyone clue me into how they ended up here? Also, do you want to buy a copy of the album? ;)