“Mass & Spring by Amon Tobin
I’m terribly late on this one. But I have a perfectly good explanation. Amon Tobin used to be one of the most generic trip hop artists I’d ever heard. Not that there was anything terribly wrong with that – his songs just didn’t seem to go anywhere beyond good background music. I skimmed through 2007’s Foley Room and was pretty into it, later reading that he had made the entire album out of samples he recorded himself, rather than from vinyl rips. But ISAM is this guy’s first jaw-dropping work, in my opinion.
Honestly, I don’t have much to say about it. It’s such an experimental work that it’s hard to categorize or put any adjectives to besides saying it’s a mindfuck of an album. For points of comparison, I’d put it up there with other avant-ish works of 2011, namely Björk’s Biophilia and The Only She Chapters by Prefuse 73. The only way to get a feel for the album is to listen to the song above.
ISAM is now available (and has been since April, what was I thinking sleeping on this) on Ninja Tune.