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I Tweet the Birdy Electric
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Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I Tweet the Birdy Electric isn't so much a collection of songs as it is a grouping of sonic collages. The duo behind the group, Sam Britton and Ollie Brown, cook up a fine glitchy soup with ambient drones and stuttering break beats. The din keeps a loose cohesion on each piece as it falls just this side of scattered and random noise.

The album is like those Magic Eye pictures, where you stare and wait for an image to appear. The first time listening to Birdy Electric, there's little to sink your teeth into but noise and ambience. However, after repeated listens you'll notice new features popping out in unexpected places. In that way, the duo has created great background music that is dense and daring - and background music it is; to dissect every inventive melody, and scattershot glitch would not only be an exhausting task, but nearly impossible. This album is busy.

The opener, "Gangolin," readily proves this fact. The droning and repetitive melody is complemented by hyperactive glitches in the backdrop. The effects sound as if a robot were about to self-destruct from internal overload. One could easily picture a cartoon robot with its head popping off and springs flying everywhere.

In the course of 13 minutes, the title track hits so many highs and lows, it's like seven pieces wrapped into one. Recalling the album title, there are simulated bird chirps throughout its length. Imaginations run with images of going to an animal safari at an amusement park, only to discover the animals are animatronic.

I Tweet the Birdy Electric is music for the postmodern coffeehouse. It blends in the background, but calls for your attention with musical moments that range from disturbing, beautiful, discomforting, weird, revelatory and exciting. Fans of experimental electronic music should take note in the duo's pioneering sound. With contemporaries like Autechre garnering the praise of IDM kids everywhere, Brown and Britton prove themselves worthy of equal attention.

Reviewed by Dan Filowitz
Dan Filowitz is Toronto-born, New-Jersey-raised, Indiana-University-educated, and Chicago-residing. In addition to his Lost At Sea contributions, Dan is a senior staff writer for political humor site TalkStation.com and the president of ChicagoImprovAnarchy (The CIA) a Chicago-based improv theatre company. We are not mentioning the 9-5 corporate job. Apparently, Dan does not sleep much. Dan Filowitz is the perfect dinner party guest - fun, witty, intelligent, with wide-ranging interests, ecclectic tastes and a winning smile. Just make sure you have coffee available.

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