Back for another round of soulful electro-acoustic melee, Lopside returns with a fourth CD release; 'When You're Finally Through Being Responsible'. As with the artist's past work, W.Y.F.T.B.R. exists as a furiously dense sonic blanket of overdriven synthetics, guitars, wordless vocals, and mangled acoustic recordings. From the initial static filled blasts of the opening track "When" to the inconsistent drone that concludes the album's final song "Responsible", W.Y.F.T.B.R. surges forward with a sound and direction that is incontrovertibly Lopside.
Progress, however, demands change, and it is in the album's composition that the signature Lopside style is expounded upon. Clocking in at a hearty 66 minutes, W.Y.F.T.B.R.'s six tracks are all monstrous in length. Each unfolds into various shades of the record's central theme, continually reinterpreting and redefining the moment as it passes. In a series of calculated sonic progressions, W.Y.F.T.B.R. plays out as an hour plus of interconnected ideas that spin time into a post-electronic haze.
Six songs in sixty-six minutes. Apart each exhibits a purposeful, in-and-of-itself arc. Together they form the poignant and memorable experience that is 'When You're Finally Through Being Responsible'. That which is undeniably electronic can still be inexorably human.
"I will confess to being something of a Lopside shill. I got hooked on Dean Hinds’ style of sonic sculpture through his amazing work 37, was lucky enough to be sent his two previous works, junedecember and decemberjune, and have been impatiently awaiting more ever since. Now When You’re Finally Through Being Responsible is here, and it’s certainly worth the wait. WYFTBR charges into your head with a blast of static, relentless drums and a melody pasted together in clipped vocal samples. Hinds’ surgical hand comes immediately into play, turning swatches and snippets of noise into textural rhythmic elements. This is his specialty: finding the musical in non-music, forcing the listener to accept, undeniably, that all sound is inherently musical. WYFTBR is a series of exercises in sound distortion and manipulation with a keen eye toward keeping every track eminently and enjoyably listenable. Hinds unleashes a staggering array of sonic detritus here, stacked and layered and slammed together and melded with the drums, charging guitar, and broad synth pads. It’s an exhilarating ride, start to finish, dense and hypnotic and rewarding. And well-paced, too. The first two tracks charge in hard; the third, “Finally,” cools off considerably, loping along in downtempo stride while still pulling color from Hinds’ palette of noisemusic across its 15-minute length. Its follow-up, “Through” (each track’s name is one word of the title, in order) keeps things slow and strange, floating along on a bed of artfully twisted vocal samples. With “Being,” the beat strides back in, then starts kicking things over with the help of some aggressive guitar. The closing track neatly lands in middle ground, as the beat stays but eases into a smooth groove to glide along with slightly becalmed guitar, voices, and keys. This pares down to a 2-minute long drone with indistinguishable voice beneath it, drawing a straight, fading line to the end of a superb disk from Lopside."
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"When I’m finished being responsible I have a nice cold beer at 9 AM and relax to some nice pornography. Lopside on the other hand writes compelling ambient music. Having journeyed through the realm of IDM and electronica for some time now, Lopside turns their hand at crafting a ‘life soundtrack’ which will see you from birth to death. You may not always hear it in the background, but it’s playing. If you concentrate or relax just enough, you can hear the volume being cranked up and POOF! you’re off to another world in your mind or soul. Perfect ambience for all the right moments in your life."
"Lopside’s “When you're finally through being responsible” (henceforth referred to as W.Y.F.T.B.R.) is a rather strange and curious disc. It’s too rhythmic to be ambient, too ambient to be instrumental post-rock, too organic to be experimental electronic, post-ambient really doesn’t mean anything to me and well, it’s just an enigma of sorts. It’s not like I haven’t heard anything like this before- Boards of Canada come to mind, so does Mouse on Mars, Four Tet, Sigur Ros, and a whole slew of cutting edge cut-ups. W.Y.F.T.B.R is full of electronic squiggles, quirky beats, drones of synthetic nature or maybe modulated guitar. Simple chord progressions on electronic keyboard are the glue that holds it together in spots, between the squiggles, blurps and bleeps, and other sonic effluvia. IDM I guess, for lack of a better bag to put it in.
The tracks on the CD are lengthy (there are only six of them), ranging from 7:47 to 15:32, with a total time of 66 minutes. Although the music seems mostly instrumental, there are some wordless vocals, and manipulation of voices (lost or found) abounds sewn into the fabric of W.Y.F.T.B.R. There’s touches of kraut-rock psychedlia, that lend an interesting mystique to the whole thing. If you’re into consuming mind-altering substances while listening to music, I’m sure W.Y.F.T.B.R. might be right up your alley. Maybe W.Y.F.T.B.R. IS a mind-altering substance. Okay, I admit to being positively surprised with this disc. There are however, some caveats. (Aren’t there always?) The production is a bit on the lo-fi side. Also, sound placement isn’t always optimal. But in comparison to the work as a whole, these are minor quibbles. What I find interesting is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts here. The theme (as amorphous as it may seem) is consistent, and the tonal variations always intriguing. This might be one of those rare releases that starts getting a lot of attention, becoming a new cult electronic fave. If Dean Hinds, the guy who is lopside, scores a decent distribution deal, and enough press coverage, he might just able to take lopside out of the bedroom and make a career out of it. Beats spending your life as a service tech when you’ve got talent like this. Now available at CD Baby, iTunes, and amazon.com – I’d recommend buying it so Dean can buy a few more gizmos and hire a wunderkind producer. My choice would be Amon Tobin, but hey, that’s just me."