Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Secret Mommy - Grand About The Mouth

Andy Dixon burst onto the music scene at the ripe age of twelve as one o' them young punks in d.b.s., before going on to form The Red Light Sting and starting his own label Ache Records. Following the dissolution of The Sting, he started occupying much of his time with an electronic solo project called Secret Mommy. Influenced primarily by cut and paste sound collage duo Matmos, Dixon captured noises around him and threw them into a digital blender to create concoctions of varying themes. His last release, The Wisdom EP, seemed like a tip of the hat to Matmos' A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure, as it remixes sounds recorded during an operation to remove his wisdom teeth.

Now he has unveiled his "crowning achievement", Plays: an electronic album created from recordings of live musical instruments, none of which were allowed to be plugged in or electrified in any way. In other words, "the most anti-electronic electronic album" possible. If you're a fan of glitchy electronic music, this should be right up your alley. I'm sure it will be too abstract for some, but I found it quite refreshing.

Dixon has also just released his first rock album in a while, an experimental free-improv band called Winning. It sounds a bit like something Hella's Zach Hill might come up with in one of his many side projects. The album is called This Is An Ad For Cigarettes, and is available from Ache Records now. Check 'em both out!

» Bonus Track: The Tale of a Bird Hit By Lightning
» Bonus Track: Winning - Legendary Savings

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