Jib Kidder: Teaspoon To The Ocean (Weird World, 2015)

January 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jib Kidder: Teaspoon To The Ocean

Jib Kidder: Teaspoon To The Ocean

Highest profile release so far from former WCBN DJ Sean Schuster-Craig. This album also features guest vocals by fellow former WCBN DJ Julia Holter, and electric piano from Zach Phillips of the now-defunct (but incredibly awesome) Blanche Blanche Blanche. Jib Kidder has released many different types of music over the last decade or so, with his highest profile work so far being his hip-hop collage album All On Y’all, especially its infectious cut “Windowdipper”. This album can be described as sample-based country-psych-pop, continuing with the ’70s country-pop samples of his last album, Steal Guitars, combined with the vocals of his last tape and 7″ and some of his earlier material. His vocals have a free associative lilt which almost make him sound like he’s singing backwards, somewhat similar to older Animal Collective. I’ve always had a hard time getting into vocal-based Jib Kidder, his instrumental/sample-based stuff has always been more immediately appealing to me, but his vocals and lyrics just sound way better here than they ever have. The sample production has as much of a trippy, hallucinogenic feel as the vocals, especially on “World Of Madness”. “Situations In Love” has a melody similar to the Twin Peaks theme, and a few other songs head in that direction too. “The Waves” has some sax fluttering away towards the end. “Dozens” feels like the album’s poppiest, most uptempo song, but then you realize that the vocals are pretty much incomprehensible, and they just seem to be one verse which goes on for a minute until the guitar solo, and then the song ends abruptly with a shutting-down sound. “The Many” sounds really familiar, I’m sure I’ve seen him play the song live before. I thought it was on one of his previous releases but it doesn’t look like it was. “Melt Me” is a 10-minute drone-out which would appear to be the perfect end to this album, but it’s followed up by the slightly more upbeat 11, which actually ends the album. In some ways, a higher-profile, poppier Jib Kidder only makes him more mysterious, and this is a puzzling album which invites repeated listening.

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