Doug Seidel and Todd Tuttle are back with another exceptional album. Whose Shadow Am I is their fourth album and manages to continue to defy genres. I have no idea what’s live, what’s sampled and what certain sounds even are but it works.
The album gets going with “bonkers” which combines a stand up bass and loose percussive elements. One reason the song is ear candy is because of how well it’s mixed. It’s certified headphone music that is a blast to take apart and dismantle.
I think the beginning of “erbert oover” could be sampled if you want to have a fire drill type alarm clock in the morning. The beats that emerge are like a mixture between African rhythms with de-tuned wood flutes and additional electronic bleeps and bloops.
The groove is almost too hard to keep track of on “good morning corvid.” I felt like it's the kind of song you might freak out on if you ingested too many drugs prior to listening. I kind of had the same feeling on “limp keyholder” but I also thoroughly enjoyed the song.
The spoken word David Lynch-esque kind of lyrics on “root vegetables” were both funny and absurd. One of the highlights was “wig ole tuber” as they continue down the path of unique and interesting rhythm patterns.
If there was a such thing as a catchy song from Siedel and Tuttle I’d say “it must have come across the road” came pretty close before the taped phone conversation. “Myopic hop” sounds like a deflated balloon, an Atari video game and a marching band while “this time” actually contained what seemed to be a pretty straight 4/4 beat for a moment. I loved the groove on this one.
Whose Shadow Am I is the type of album that will be appreciated for those who have a taste for the avant garde. It really couldn’t be more further away from pop music you hear on FM radio and that's just one of the reasons I recommend you take a listen.
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