Daedelus- Of Snowdonia
Release Date: February 24, 2004
On his second LP for the Plug Research label, Santa Monica-based Daedelus further illustrates his sampling dexterity and imagination by melding ancient jazz samples with gentle acoustic guitars, subtle glitches and a warm, organic production sound. Of Snowdonia is equally inspired by Sun Ra’s freeform experimentation (evidenced by the first sample on the record) as it is by Amon Tobin’s cut-up, jarring jazz breaks interspersed with a tinge of gentle, textured folk. The record is decidely introspective with influences spanning from film noir to hip-hop to jazz and free-form poetry; personal bits and bobs culled from a lifetime of listening. Basic composition styles seemingly from the 1930’s and 40’s are augmented by subtle, frantic drum samples floating in the background amidst off-kilter synth whirs and the odd clarinet loop or marching band snare line. Schizophrenic music for an ADD culture? Perhaps, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.