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Spoonbill

Zoomorphic

(Omelette; US: 7 Apr 2009; UK: 14 Mar 2009)

Jim Moynihan wandered out of the outback in 2003. Armed with a sampler and various synths constructed out of recycled copper, cyborg hearts, and the stolen innocence of schoolchildren, he proudly represents Australia on the world glitch stage. Mastered by nu-breaks guru Tipper, Spoonbill’s third album Zoomorphic is certainly his best yet.


It’s a pure head trip of mind-melting proportions. Sounds of handclaps, sirens, doorbells, champagne froth, and crushed eggshells swarm bits of slide guitar, oboe, harp, trumpet, and whistles to form one of the quirkiest glitch albums ever made. Imagine Tipper mastering a studio session with Tom Waits, Prefuse 73, and Amon Tobin, all of them in a ridiculous mood, and you’ve got the idea. One of its oddest moments, “Wonkball” is mostly constructed from the sounds of ping-pong, racquetball, and the like, along with some seriously wobbling subbase, springs being sprung, water splashes, and cartoon effects. It’s as amusing as it is groovy. To be sure, Zoomorphic is utterly insane in the best sense of the term.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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