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Album Review

Alex Gordon's indie cred is unimpeachable: A former member of Loomer, producer for Kelo Williams and DJ Pooh, collaborator with "Blue" Gene Tyranny and Peter Gordon — this guy has made more obscure music than pretty much anyone could dream of. On his solo debut, he has help from bassist Karl Leiker and programmer Siggi Baldursson (formerly of the Sugarcubes), and the resulting album is an interesting, if not always completely compelling, collection of mostly mid-tempo groove-based experimentalism. What labelmates Anima Sound System do for dub and the Flying Dutchman does for trip-hop, Gordon does for indie rock — running it through a sort of electronic wringer and cutting the results up into intricate shapes. The music he ends up with sometimes meanders a bit, but just as often it hits the spot just right: Highlights include the firm but gentle "Waterlilies" and the ambient dreamscape "Orpheus Rising." Recommended.


Born: Washington DC

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

As a musician that has put in plenty of time on the other side of the control booth, Alex Gordon is quite well-qualified to dabble in the electronic-fusion-pop genre. He started out in the West Coast alternative rock scene, worked as a recording engineer for many '90s hip-hop groups, and later spent time in Tokyo studios working on avant-garde art music. It created an eclectic resume indeed, and one that would prove useful in Gordon's later electronic efforts. His debut album, Small Craft Warning,...
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