Friday, September 27, 2013

Jacob 2-2: Like the Com Truise of your Childhood

I recently came across Jacob 2-2's album "Herbivore", which sounds like a remix of 80's TV memories (station idents, Saturday morning cartoons, vintage toys), combined with the warbly synth sounds (similar to that of Com Truse or Neon Indian). However, the semi-IDM, kinda-sorta Synthwave sound is hard to classify. Generally though, it's awesome.

Something else that I loved about this album was the description. Jacob 2-2's successfully articulated something that I've felt for a long time about my childhood:

A common motif found in youth-oriented sci-fi and fantasy films of the 1980′s is the image of the young protagonist, isolated in his/her own playroom. Often he/she is placed under such supervision for purposes of research or quarantine due to psychic powers, alien interaction, or robotic physiology. Alone with toys and televisions, the child is free to create and to consume stimuli from the outside world, but not to interact with it. 

Jacob 2-2‘s new album Herbivore attempts to re-create this fictional universe, or perhaps an expression of the child’s psychology that extended into adulthood, suspended in an isolated, diminutive, and asexual state, where the only joy is found internally within the imagination. 
I just bought the 17 track album digital album (currently for $6 at his labels' Bandcamp), and it's good listening. I'm fairly certain a track or two of his will make it's way into some upcoming mixed sets, as that pitch-bent synth, fuzzy VHS sound really appeals to me. 

For more of the same, I'd recommend checking out my earlier posting about SMASHTV 'Memorx' Video/Music remix sets.

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