Wednesday, June 08, 2005

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


At 1:20 PM, Anonymous angryrobot said...

Very glad to see this get a mention. It's one of my favorite all-time albums, actually. In retrospect, you can see this album coming after listening to In Ribbons, where the experimentation starts. Masters certainly too alll the talent with him when he left Pale Saints. Too bad they only followed this up with an ep, and never another full-length. I'm always hoping for a Masters solo LP, but he seems content releasing the rare single now and then. And for some reason, I always pair this Spoonfed Hybrid CD up with the Slowdive Pygmallion album in my mind.

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anyplace you can get this album?

At 2:14 PM, Anonymous angryrobot said...

As far as I know, it's long out of print, so you're probably going to have to go with either ebay or GEMM. If you're going through the trouble of tracking down, look for the Japanese CD, which has the two extra tracks that were included on a bonus 7" with the LP.

At 2:17 PM, Anonymous angryrobot said...


Looks like Reckless in Chicago has a used copy of the UK CD.

search for "spoonfed" and it should pop up.

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks angryrobot!

At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was this song, "Boys in zine", absolutely marvellous, up to this day it still moves me


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