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T.G. Mauss
Mechanical Eye

Rating: 6.5/10 ?

October 7, 2005
Descartes mused that the sadness of man is owning up to the fact he was first a child. Once dislodged from a world of imposing statues - of being happily irresponsible - one greets a fragmented world much as Greek Scientists did Copernicus' notion of the earth as just another mass spinning in space: with knitted brows and downtrodden gaze.

Mechanical Eye is thereby an attempt to venture back and satiate oneself in the full-throated gaiety, the careless whims, the lighthearted laughter and wide-eyed wonder of childhood.

Artists such as Mum and Boards of Canada have been harvesting such fields so fervidly that one might imagine the soil to have surely grown fallow, yet the crops of this album manage to find an ample plot on which to fester and grow. There is a whimsical, tender patience to pieces such as "Konitiki" and "Bay Shore"; the soft toot and chime of glockenspiels sketch a sky of glistening stars seen from a green grass-field of bucolic guitars, while warm, fluttering voices are layered over the instruments as though they inhabited parallel universes. Other pieces boom like bad dreams wrestling one from a cool nights sleep. "It Lies Within", for instance, rubs scratchy electronics together like two sticks, igniting a faint spark of grating machine noise. "Real", meanwhile, marks something of a shift in perception, as Mauss character begins setting his passing fancies to question, remarking, "is it real/is it just another vision/did you know you are capable of tearing it all apart". The song is adorned with light pads that pong and ping, strings that sweep back and forth and loops that bounce infinitely like perpetual motion machines.

Latter works further this loss of innocence with the introduction of a smoky ambiance, a cheap, somewhat sleazy house beat or a doleful twist in the previously lullaby-ish lyrics. That the album has such a specific theme appears to have afforded this work a certain unity and clarity of expression, all of which makes the eagerness and joy that went into its construction most palpable; the whole album seems permeated in a perfume that one dawns in anticipation of a memorable evening. Rife with tiny details that signal a meticulous attention - from birds bobbing in the water to chickadees engaged in cordial conversations - it is a fine testament to the pleasure and sadness that dwell in the closets of childhood.

Reviewed by Max Schaefer
Nocturnal qualms and eyes that brim like lamps betoken slender sketches, poetry and short stories strewn alongside piano playing, a fiddling of knobs and murmured dialogue with a medley of electronic gizmo\'s. A twenty-one year old person lodged within the University of Victoria, Max harvests organic sounds on a sullen sampler, watching water unwind like two broad lengths of ribbon and nursing a book below the canopy of a cheery-tree. Max believes that the world is made present by people\'s presence in it and that art is one such way in which a distinctive disclosure might be crafted.

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