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Jack Marchment

Corydon and Manjrekar

(Benbecula; US: Unavailable; UK: 19 May 2008)

The sophomore release from Britain’s Jack Marchment is a foray into the digitally distorted ambiance and punchy gloss of Logic techno. As admirable of an attempt as it may be, Corydon and Manjrekar doesn’t quite reach the same “through the looking glass” level as the later works of Plaid. Jack’s attention to songwriting is not yet as precisely intricate and purposeful as the Warp legends. However, despite the odd bit of slightly amateurish clutter, Marchment’s penchant for obscure samples, field recordings, glitchy haze, and ballsy beats oozes its own distinctive charm. On his more downtempo numbers, unknowing listeners may be fooled into thinking it’s a lost disk of early Boards of Canada rarities. Throw “Beatrice” or “Dolce Stil Novo” on a mixtape next to anything from Music Has a Right to Children and see for yourself. On the whole, Corydon and Manjrekar isn’t quite there yet, but it may surprise you.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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