Land Of The Loops


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Bundle Of Joy , 7/10
Puttering About A Small Hand , 6/10
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Alan Sutherland, who goes by the monicker Land Of The Loops, is a Boston keyboardist who, inspired by avantgarde ensemble Negativland, composes eccentric collages of samples. By juxtaposing dance beats, ethereal vocals and cartoonish harmonies, Bundle Of Joy (Up, 1996 - Subpop, 1997) is a novelty record for the sci-fi generation. If it never quite achieves the grace of Vampire Rodents, the album's best tricks (like I Dream In Stereo) stand as a testament to how modern musicians can create great music without actually playing it.

The album was followed by the EP Refried Treats (Up, 1997), that reworks some of the tracks.

Vocalists Heather Lewis (of Beat Happening), Takako Minekawa (a Cornelius collaborator), Jovita Carpenter (aka Lady Mallard of Volume All Star) and DJ Trouble guest on Puttering About A Small Hand (Up, 2000), but the album is an inferior copy of the debut. The same praxis (bass and beats, ethereal puzzles of voices, layers of electronically processed sounds) yields far less engaging results, whether another take on dream-pop (Knee Deep in Packasandra, How to Feed a Sea Monkey) or on Laurie Anderson (Slumber Party, Automotive High School, Marshmellow Pillows) or on dub (Drive Safely, the lengthy Party Pooper).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Nicola Mecca)

Alan Sutherland, alias Land Of The Loops, è un tastierista di Boston che, ispirato dall’ensemble di avanguardia Negativland, compone collage eccentrici di campioni. Giustapponendo ritmi dance, linee vocali eteree e armonie da cartone animato, Bundle Of Joy (Up, 1996 - Subpop, 1997) è una novità per la generazione sci-fi. Se non raggiunge mai la grazia dei Vampire Rodents, i migliori episodi dell’album (come I Dream In Stereo) valgono come prova di come i musicisti moderni possano comporre grande musica senza effettivamente suonarla.

L’album fu seguito dall’EP Refried Treats (Up, 1997), che rimodella alcuni dei brani.

I cantanti Heather Lewis (dei Beat Happening), Takako Minekawa (collaboratrice di Cornelius), Jovita Carpenter (conosciuta anche come Lady Mallard of Volume All Star) e DJ Trouble appaiono come ospiti su Puttering About A Small Hand (Up, 2000), ma l’album è una copia inferiore del debutto. La stessa prassi (basso e ritmo, mosaici eterei di voci, strati di suoni processati elettronicamente) ottiene risultati molto meno entusiasmanti, in ogni caso, quando vuole imitare il dream-pop (Knee Deep in Packasandra, How to Feed a Sea Monkey) o Laurie Anderson (Slumber Party, Automotive High School, Marshmellow Pillows) o la dub music (Drive Safely, la lunga Party Pooper).

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