Monday, October 20, 2008

Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends (2008) [Anticon]

On his first solo album, Tobacco explores a darker, starker, and altogether more badass dimension of his complex vision. With his group, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Tobacco distinguishes himself as a master of jagged beats, glowing melodies, and pronounced tension. This time, he works alone, in rural Pennsylvania, away from conventions and interference.

As always, Tobacco recorded Fucked Up Friends using analog synths and tape machines, which gives his work a timeless distance from digital pop music at large. His tracks evoke sonar, mellotrons, and deteriorating cassette tapes; his windshield-rattling beats thump hard against their technological limitations; his hooks emerge from thick ponds of distortion, which heightens their hypnotic power. Fucked Up Friends is equally cosmopolitan and self-contained, the soundtrack for an imaginary underwater cop show, a welcome stranger anywhere in time and space. (PR)



Lou Kariellow said...

Such a great album! Downloadable! awesome.


Cory said...

Never thought I'd find these kinds of posts, but it would be nice for some props for pointing you to this album.

It just so happened that I stumbled upon this blog, and noticed that the link you're using for this album is my link. It isn't a big deal, but the more my blog is exposed (especially if you use links from it) the better.

I thought that kind of respect was a given in the music blog community?

Anyway, nice blog. Keep it up.

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