14 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just a Souvenir was inspired by a waking vision that Tom Jenkinson had, in which he saw “a crazy, beautiful rock band play an ultra-gig; they played instruments either of their own design or conventional ones that were modified such that they could be used to generate a range of sounds not typically associated with a rock band.” He later said his memory of the vision was his only souvenir: hence the title of this wildly creative recollection. Just a Souvenir is his most amusing and accessible album, yet it’s also his strangest. The music is true to its dreamlike conception. While it builds on previous Squarepusher innovations, it seems disconnected from historical trends in electronica, as well as Squarepusher’s own catalog. While it integrates elements from such unlikely and disparate genres as '80s boogie funk, smooth jazz, and even thrash metal, Just a Souvenir most resembles the kind of 8-bit music heard on early Nintendo games. This feels more like the work of a band of microscopic aliens, virtuosic but visible only within the deepest recesses of some long-abandoned circuit board.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Just a Souvenir was inspired by a waking vision that Tom Jenkinson had, in which he saw “a crazy, beautiful rock band play an ultra-gig; they played instruments either of their own design or conventional ones that were modified such that they could be used to generate a range of sounds not typically associated with a rock band.” He later said his memory of the vision was his only souvenir: hence the title of this wildly creative recollection. Just a Souvenir is his most amusing and accessible album, yet it’s also his strangest. The music is true to its dreamlike conception. While it builds on previous Squarepusher innovations, it seems disconnected from historical trends in electronica, as well as Squarepusher’s own catalog. While it integrates elements from such unlikely and disparate genres as '80s boogie funk, smooth jazz, and even thrash metal, Just a Souvenir most resembles the kind of 8-bit music heard on early Nintendo games. This feels more like the work of a band of microscopic aliens, virtuosic but visible only within the deepest recesses of some long-abandoned circuit board.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
29 Ratings
29 Ratings
Magister418 ,

the same squarepusher

but groovier

real_name ,

Prog 'n' Breaks

Nice move Tom, insane prog instrumentation (think Relayer by Yes) mixed with enough breaks to make even the more jaded hipsters spill their PBR.

The Glass Road should be sent back in time to the mid-70's and pushed in the face of those loons (nice loons, I like them) or some sort of Marty McFly gig where Tom plays a support slot for Van Der Graaf Generator and mashes the minds.

Guess I liked it, as usual.

Mixalix ,

Simply great.

I've been following Tom's musical career since the late 90's, and this is one of my favorite Squarepusher albums yet. It's way more experimental than the others and mixes groove with distorted base. Some of the tracks even feel like Squarepusher and Lightning Bolt teamed up, but I know they didn't. Planet Gear is the best track. It has a hard edged sound, however Tom mixes in those time and space splitting melodies we've all grown to love. Long live the TB-303.

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