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Vinyl, Import, November 8, 2013
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One part English eccentric, one part electronic music whizz, Feed Me aka Jon Gooch aka Spor aka Seventh Stitch (his electronica side project) prefers to do things differently. 'Calamari Tuesday' is Jon's first full-length album. You're just as likely to find Feed Me sharing a bill with the likes of Foals, The Prodigy, 2ManyDJs or Bjork, than with rank and file EDM DJ/producers, and he sells out the kind of live venues most of the latter can only dream of (often playing multiple shows in each city). He doesn't DJ. He collaborates with bands like Crystal Fighters ( Love Is All I Got' is included here). And he'd rather do press interviews through his alter ego, a character named Feed Me from which this project takes its name. On the live front, Feed Me sold out a 20 date US tour earlier this year, and then returned for a sell out 'homecoming' gig at London's Forum (which followed 2012's sell out show at the Electric Ballroom), where he debuted material from the album. London witnessed the kind of immense light and laser show and production that has accompanied his festival shows for Fuji Rocks, Exit festival, Reading, and Leeds - occupying the stages once reserved for the Chemical Brothers, Underworld and other live electronic music acts from the genre's 20th century heyday. When most people envisage a futuristic interface between man and machine, they likely picture 7 foot gleaming cyborgs a la Hollywood's age-old vision. Not Gooch. His perfect symbiosis between man and machine is about 3 foot tall, green, and boasts the kind of teeth that would make Sigourney Weaver think twice. Feed Me was created by Jon and built with the help of animatronic genius, John Nolan, who's worked on projects including Harry Potter, Dr Who, Clash Of The Titans and many more. Musically, 'Calamari Tuesday' shows that peaktime electronic music can be a thrill ride for the mind as well as the feet. It bristles and crackles with energy but shuns the default setting you'll find amongst certain plug-in obsessed peers. This album represents Jon and Feed Me's journey so far, resembling something of an aural biopic of them both to date. He says many of the lead synth lines "were created by the pair in his Hertfordshire garage and fashioned from common household goods". We suspect he might not be telling the truth, but that's Feed Me.
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It's sort of like a pierce to the ears. Seriously 'Ophelia' Shows that Feed Me can maintain slow tempo rhythm and still be Fresh. A huge part it's due to it's melodic center. But it rappidly changes near end oddly enough while the intro to before it changed was where the song should have stayed. That and when it's done again in another song add to my annoyance whuch is why i gave 4 stars. Much songs on it have a specific structure where it has a change of song in between sometimes better than the overall song as in track, 'Short Skirt'. It's like a song within a song. The strong tracks on the album I say are Ebb & Flow, In The Bin, No Grip, and Onstuh. The Dance inclined songs are Orion of course, Death By Robot, Ebb & Flow, No Grip and the perhaps the complicated, Onstuh. Songs for active or passive listen would be Dazed, Ebb & Flow, Orion, Ophelia, Love is all I got and Short Skirt and it does something to the brain like total Soundscape.
I gifted this Cd so don't know about the booklet and it's description since I didn't have honor to unseal it. But soon gonna get my own copy as well, or Later.
Thanks for the AWESUM delivery.
But it's just as good.
Gooch takes his EDM in an exciting new direction as he strives to go against mainstream EDM while still maintaining his own style. The songs sound like Feed Me and the album overall has a similar tone to it. I'd recommend this CD to any fan of Feed Me, as well as anyone liking the Electro House genre. I'm not good at talking about specific mechanics of music so I'll stop here.
The songs are full of energy and flow together well. My personal favorites are Lonely Mountain (which he claims as his current magnum opus), Ophelia, Short Skirt, and No Grip.
Beware, that some of the songs ("In the Bin" and "Fiasco") contain samples as their intro with the F-word in them, but the CD does not come with a warning label.
I found myself thinking, while I was only 5 tracks deep, that I'd already got my money's worth, and there were still 10 tracks left. Definitely a great buy.
What can you expect on this album? Progressiveelectrohousestep&bass. Yup, that's a thing . . . now.
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Eine klare Kaufempfehlung.
Jeder Track hat Jon Goochs Stil in sich, wobei mein persönlicher Favorit "Lonely Mountain" noch einmal alles toppt. Dieser Track stellt eine Wahnsinnsmischung aus House & Dubstep dar.
Das ganze Album lässt sich gut hören, und beinhaltet auch experimentellere Tracks ala "Rat Trap".
Alles in allem eine eindeutige Kaufempfehlung!