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Spoonfed Hybrid

Spoonfed Hybrid

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Album Review

The Spoonfed Hybrid project sports a number of impressive art-pop pedigrees; the group itself consists of Ian Masters (formerly of Pale Saints) and Chris Trout (of AC Temple), and their self-titled album is one of the first releases on Guernica, an offshoot of Ivo Watts-Russell's seminal 4AD label. The record itself lives up to this lineage, and frequently overshoots it. The duo adds a minimal electronic bent to the flowery dream pop of its predecessors, cutting recklessly between unique and varied sets of instruments (including cellos, harps, tablas, marimbas and loads of electronics). The group's songwriting maintains the hazy dreaminess of 4AD-style pop, but their comparatively clear and minimal arrangement is a big step forward from a genre that occasionally fell into unnecessary density. Without taking too much baggage from that era of music, Spoonfed Hybrid manages to turn out a collection of gorgeous songs in the same vein.

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brilliant

this album holds a special place in my music library. the vocals carry you like waves slowly dissipating as the approach the beach.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Matching the wits and pop experimentalism of Ian Masters (Pale Saints) and Chris Trout (AC Temple), Spoonfed Hybrid was birthed in 1993. Much of why Masters left his prior outfit had to do with the limitations of a pop band, and through his association with Trout, he was able play around with sound and structure without worrying about label pressures or whether or not a drummer would mind not playing on half of a full-length record. Released through 4AD offshoot Guernica the same year Masters and...
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