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Out of the Loop

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Metro (Brooklyn Mix)
  2. Me To Be
  3. Sounds So Crazy
  4. Look Around You
  5. Light Delay
  6. Inside Your Head
  7. Holland Tunnel
  8. Flute Loops
  9. Aurora Borealis
  10. You Don't Even Know Her
  11. September
  12. Move On
  13. Analogous
  14. Metro (Athens Mix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kindercore Records
  • ASIN: B00005LN4Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on August 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
electronic indie blows my mind, and this band is definitely it. i downloaded a only two songs prior to buying this cd, and i knew i would like it. despite the fact that some songs (but not ALL, trust me on that) may sound alike, their sound is amazingly original. they are hailed by many because they recorded the entire album on a laptop computer, and i'm sure that was difficult, but i don't see it to be so hard to the point that they need to make it a very noticeable statment in the insert of the cd. this is definitely a cd i could listen to while getting ready and driving on my way to a club or just out in general. i put it my cd player as my alarm in the morning. it's the perfect sound to cheer you up and get you on your way to a fantastic day. my favorite song is probably "september," mostly because it's impossible for me not to vision myself dancing at an awesome club with a really perfect guy. you can definitely listen to it anywhere. i listen to it while running, dancing, just sitting in my room, whatever. simply amazing.
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This is one of the more kitschy electronic bands out there. The production values are not high calibur and the songwriting faills into a less refined level of sophistication. However none of that matters. The music is good and catchy. I Am The World Trade Center (probably one of the most unfortunate band names to ever come out in modern times) is an electronic music act that a bubbly charm you don't really find in electronica. Look past the simplicity of the music and you will experience some creative and pleasant tracks.

I Am The World Trade Center a duo with Dan Geller writing and recording the music and Amy Dykes singing. I believe they got their first gig at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, TX back in 2000. Then they released this freshman album in 2001. Every song is short with a number of really nice tracks. Amy Dykes sings with an almost pixie-meets-indie singing style that at times isn't pitch perfect, but that's part of the charm. Dan Geller tends to use drum loops to good effect with some simple and endearing synth patches. I believe the music was all recorded and produced on a Gateway laptop (too bad Gateway didn't capitalize on this and market their products with the band). It's not studio quality. The music is obviously in a compressed frequency indicative of the limited fidelity of the recording software they used. However this lo-fi tonal quality also lends more charm to the album as opposed to hurting it.

Here is a breakdown of some of the more notable tracks:

Metro (Brooklyn Mix) - This is the song that introduced me to the band, and quite by a happy accident. The Brooklyn Mix has a peppy beat with the synths keeping that momentum up. Combine Amy's singing and I was hooked.
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There's always something unabashedly childlike - not childish - about Kindecore's releases, and I Am the World Trade Center's "Out of the Loop" is no exception. Imagine some ambitious and plucky sixth graders filching dad's laptop and proceeding to imitate in their innocent way the repetitive robo sounds of St. Etienne and Stereolab. In actuality, the slightly more grownup duo of Dan Geller and Amy Dykes cobbled together this album of bloops, bleeps and beatific melodies entirely on a Gateway notebook computer. Throughout, the homemade rhythms and readymade dance tunes make for dizzying aural gratification. Dykes' pleasing wisp of voice is nestled nicely amid the honeyed shuffle of "Look Around You," the tripped-out "Light Delay" and the Euro disco of "September." All the while Gellar lays down squiggly synth effects and an out of the loop racket - careful, the post-modern pyschedelia of songs like "Flute Loops" and, especially, "In Your Head" might just blow your mind! Shove this in your Walkman, and step lively. Much like the way it was crafted, this is portable music for a portable age.
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Curiousity piqued when I saw a tiny write up about the duo in the new Alternative Press. When I saw that there sound was compared to Saint Etienne I automatically had to check out this duo.
I was quite impressed that "Out of Loop" was made all on a laptop computer. The sound generated from the laptop didn't sound like it was all done on a Gateway notebook computer. I can hear the similarities to Saint Etienne but with more loops and samples. The music is part indie pop, retro pop, with a smatterings of electronica music. I do like the Brooklyn mix to "Metro" but I find myself preferring the Athens mix. When I first listened to the cd I wasn't sure what to make of it but on the second listen I found myself starting to enjoy the album. Not really one of my favorite cds of this year but it definitely is quite pleasant to listen to and deserves at least an honorable mention.
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This album is from the future. Hard to believe it was made by a couple of kids on a laptop, boyfriend writing the music and girlfriend singing. Part electronica, part indie, part fuzz bomb post-retro new wave. I really like it, I've never heard anything like it before really but the album just came out last month and (ready for a cliche?) I just can't stop listening to it. Just goes to show anybody can make an album/movie/opus these days with a computer and a lot of free time if they're driven to, but I don't know anybody right now who could write such a progressive beautiful album as I Am the World Trade Center.
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