Man, the Manipulator

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All Music Guide - Joshua Glazer
Coming from the studio-meets-live experimentation of Chicago's post-rock scene, Shawn King and Nate Flannigan are eager members of a new guard of experimental musicians operating in the electronic field, yet eschewing purely digital sound generation in favor of an organic mix of laptop quarks and roots instrumentals. Their resulting debut album for Plug Research plays out as if the ghost of Ry Cooder had taken up residence in the duo's Mac computer. "How Do You Feel?" strums languidly along to a glitchy rhythm before building into a light honky tonk piano refrain, while "Born Female" centers around a mourning violin melody. The glitches dominate other selections such as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joshua Glazer
Coming from the studio-meets-live experimentation of Chicago's post-rock scene, Shawn King and Nate Flannigan are eager members of a new guard of experimental musicians operating in the electronic field, yet eschewing purely digital sound generation in favor of an organic mix of laptop quarks and roots instrumentals. Their resulting debut album for Plug Research plays out as if the ghost of Ry Cooder had taken up residence in the duo's Mac computer. "How Do You Feel?" strums languidly along to a glitchy rhythm before building into a light honky tonk piano refrain, while "Born Female" centers around a mourning violin melody. The glitches dominate other selections such as "Games Mother Never Taught You" and "Daddy's Girl, Mama's Boy," but the down-home flavor never leaves these compositions. Though mostly a dour affair, the opener, "What Do You Say After Hello???," jumps with swinging jazz percussion that marks the only urban sensation found on this disc, making it a false introduction to the remainder of the album. Soulo gives laptop techno a farmer's tan, and in doing so, stands alongside artists like indie electronic maverick Dntel and found sound explorationist Matmos when pushing the boundaries of what organic textures the synthetically attuned ear will accept.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Plug Research
  • UPC: 612651003929
  • Catalog Number: 39

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Soulo Primary Artist
Johnny Wyatt Percussion
John Tejada Drums
Daphne Chen Violin
Jussi Lehtisalo Guitar
Kyle Lapidus Clarinet
Ted Casterline Bass, Percussion, Drums
Jessica Catron Cello
Jeremy Bonsall Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Alan Douches Mastering
Scott Benzel Producer
John Tejada Engineer
Aki Peltonen Engineer
Ben Freeman Arranger, Engineer
Shawn King Composer
Nate Flanigan Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    supreme achievement in gymnasium and rock experimentalism

    If you never heard Soulo, you're in for a treat. This stuff sounds wild and ecclectic, and yet the lengths gone to explore new accoustic and electronic places feels for the most part quite natural. this is unforced, majestic rock experimentalism that rewards the listener probably forever. And if you DID hear their first release a few years back, then this is gonna be really special, cause on M, T M Soulo gains acres of texture and tons of depth and really are well developed. Well developed musically, at least. this album is made by a duo of talented guys that I used to know. I didn't know Nate so good but Shawn went to college with me and he was good in almost every subject. He was a supreme achiever, even in gym and personal massage, which were the art school version of sciences and maths. It's good that Shawn was into gym, because he's always been a bit lardy. Cute, but lardy. But more importantly, I don't remember these guys dropping out of art school. If anything they were kicked out. Shawn was always a bit of a momma's boy, but I can understand, his mom was hot.

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