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Tacoma Mockingbird

Eliot Lipp

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Album Review

West Coast IDM master Eliot Lipp's second full-length is downright minimalist in its focus: Tacoma Mockingbird was deliberately built on beats that are familiar almost to the point of being clichéd, which are overlaid with '80s-vintage synth lines. There's not much else to be heard in these 13 songs, yet somehow, nothing is missed. The retro feel of songs like "Rap Tight" is akin to what happened when the first generation of U.K. post-punk bands fell upon sequencers. Those who remember the indie-dance 12"s on labels like Factory Benelux and Rough Trade that came in the wake of New Order's "Blue Monday" will find the simple melodies and straightforward electronic beats of Tacoma Mockingbird appealingly familiar, from the pitch-wheel playfulness and shuffling beat of the opening "Glasspipe" to the herky-jerky white-boy funk of "Sex Tape," which sounds oddly like a lost Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark B-side. The concept is so simple that it seems too easy, but Tacoma Mockingbird is bracing, endlessly listenable dance-pop.

Biography

Born: Tacoma, WA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Eliot Lipp grew up in Tacoma, WA, listening to hip-hop artists such as RZA and Hieroglyphics before moving to San Francisco in 1998 when he turned 18. There, he was influenced by the music of Dan the Automator and Madlib, while also spending time in Chicago, where he was schooled in electronic music. His tracks got into the hands of Scott Herren of Prefuse 73 and Savath + Savalas, resulting in a release on Eastern Developments in November 2004. After moving to Los Angeles,...
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