Sergeant Sawtooth: This Is Tomorrowland (Scolex Recordings, 2015)

May 9, 2015 at 7:50 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Sergeant Sawtooth: This Is Tomorrowland

Sergeant Sawtooth: This Is Tomorrowland

Industrial musician Rob Robinson (formerly of Hate Dept. and Kevorkian Death Cycle) has been using the Sergeant Sawtooth moniker for his more experimental IDM and synth-pop recordings for over a decade now. This album (which was actually released as an 8-track cartridge and reel-to-reel tape, as well as CD and free Bandcamp download) is based on Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, and samples vintage audio from long-retired rides. The music itself is primarily made using old analogue synthesizers, giving it that retro-futuristic feel. It sort of sounds like Raymond Scott’s electronic experiments updated for the electro-industrial era. It’s also somewhat like Public Service Broadcasting’s music, but synth-pop instead of post-rock. Rides and attractions such as the Matterhorn and Space Mountain are represented, and there’s loads of remixes. The whole album seems like a huge labor of love, and is a fun listen even for people like me who aren’t crazy about anything Disney-related.

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