- Audio CD (Jan. 5 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Rephlex
- ASIN: B00000FEP4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
Feed Me Weird Things Import
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With 12 tracks of lunacy, mayhem, and sheer beauty, Tom Jenkinson's 1996 debut as Squarepusher remains one of the few must-have records of the electronica revolution. Though Jenkinson builds his tracks around his remarkable fusion-inspired fretless bass playing, the album initially sounds like a study in maniacally intricate drum solos and patterns, themselves built from a few Roland drum machines. But closer listening reveals a keen intellect at work. Jenkinson has no interest in either the repetitive drum patterns most junglists prefer or their vapid soundscapes. Instead his songs douse you in rhythm and melody. The acoustic Brazilian guitar of "Squarepusher Theme" is soon devoured by a steaming, staccato drum groove, the track ultimately resolving itself as a kind of 21st-century Latin jazz epic. "Tundra" recalls a battery of mad insects destroying a caterpillar; "UFOs over Leytonstone" creates a slow death rumba; "Kodack" revels in glistening beats and streamlined and manic synths, a sign of Squarepusher to come. "Goodnight Jade" is the album's most unusual track, a lush, ambient drone of lovely bass harmonics and a mouselike melody, showing Jenkinson to be a composer of surprising weight and depth. Squarepusher would make records harder, more intense, and more spectacular, but none more musical than Feed Me Weird Things. --Ken Micallef
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First off, I have to say that Jenkinson makes some of the most detailed and intricate IDM this side of Autechre or Aphex Twin. Layers upon layers of manically crafted drum machines, basslines, and synths are assembled together richly and compellingly. But what separates SP from most artists of this ilk is the light-fast speed of which all of this is done at. Even its more meditated moments, FMWT never sits still for an instant, creating a difficult but involving listen. For what its worth you can never say what Jenkinson does it boring. What I find positivily fascinating is that he samples his own playing (and form the live instrumentation of Music is Rotted One Note, he is truly gifted musician), something really amazing. Another thing that seperates his debut from his later works is that it's a full pallet of what the man is capable of doing. Switching from noise, to ambient, to intense drill and bass, to break beat, even to jazz/fusion, sometimes all one track is truly amazing to listen to. However if there is one pitfall of this CD is that it feels more like a collection of songs rather then a complete work which keeps it from being the quality of Hard Normal Daddy, Music is One Note Rotted and Go Plasitc (which are all postitively brilliant by the way).
It would seem as though my praise for Jenkinson is non-ending so you would think that Squarepusher has rapidly become my new favorite artist. And while I love his work, I cannot say that I'm his biggest fan. But on the whole, I dare you to find an artist today that makes music as fasinating as Squarepusher. Its so different from everything else that it just begs to be listened to. Its certainly his most musical based work(some his latter work ventures in to pure noise territory), that alone makes it probably his most accessible work. If Squarepusher could ever be considered accessible....
This is a great album. It is one of the few classics of whatever genre you want to try to fit it into. Is it jazz? Yes, though not as much as 'Music is One Rotted Note'. Is it drum n' bass? Eh, it doesn't sound like Cujo or Plug or even Aphex Twin. It's got to be taken on its own level. And it's something that you have to grow into. If you give it time and listen to it for IT and not as some kinda archetype derived off of some other kind of music, it's almost holy.....
The music sounds like what your personal computer, refridgerator and your car would make if they formed a band. I never knew mechanical objects could rock so hard as well as dance, hehehe Id like to try more of Squarepusher in the future and you should open your mind and give it a try too, whats the worst that could happen? :)
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