somehow some other life
Matching the wits and pop experimentalism of Ian Masters (Pale Saints) and Chris Trout (AC Temple), Spoonfed Hybrid was birthed in 1993. Much of why Masters left his prior outfit had to do with the limitations of a pop band, and through his association with Trout, he was able play around with sound and structure without worrying about label pressures or whether or not a drummer would mind not playing on half of a full-length record. Released through 4AD offshoot Guernica the same year Masters and Trout paired up, Spoonfed Hybrid found a small audience through Pale Saints fans and those who enjoy a little more experimentation in their music.
The record itself lives up to this lineage, and frequently overshoots it -- the duo adds a minimal electronic bent to the flowery dream pop of its predecessors, cutting recklessly between unique and varied sets of instruments (including cellos, harps, tablas, marimbas and loads of electronics). The group's songwriting maintains the hazy dreaminess of 4AD-style pop, but their comparatively clear and minimal arrangement is a big step forward from a genre that occasionally fell into unnecessary density -- without taking too much baggage from that era of music, Spoonfed Hybrid manages to turn out a collection of gorgeous songs in the same vein. - AMG
also be sure to check out old Pale Saints, like in this post, if you are digging on these sounds.
Spoonfed Hybrid - Tiny Planes
Spoonfed Hybrid - 1936