Release Date: Jan 27, 2015
Record label: Weird World
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Head here to submit your own review of this album. A sharply tailored amalgamation of Dennis Wilson, Histoire de Melody Nelson and Max Tundra, Sean Schuster-Craig's latest polishes over most of the cracks that made his earlier albums so frustrating. Far removed from his Steal Guitars chopsocking, he has settled on a psychy dream pop aesthetic that achieves the rare feat of actually sounding both studiously vintage and keenly original.
Collage-pop artist Sean Schuster-Craig's work as Jib Kidder took the form of everything from plaintive folk balladry to bass mixtapes to makeshift low-budget gamelan over the course of a prolific discography that flew mostly under the radar since the early 2000s. Though coming after more than a decade's worth of experimental pop and general weirdness from Jib Kidder, 2015 album Teaspoon to the Ocean feels like a new chapter. Airtight focus has never been an issue for Schuster-Craig, whose previous work defied association with any given genre but always held a distinctive presence whether it was sample-based computer music or collections of found sound.
Sean Schuster-Craig, aka Jib Kidder, has spent the last decade exploring variations of layering sounds, using different artistic mediums to document the experience of dreaming. Unlike his previous efforts, Teaspoon To The Ocean finds the enigmatic visionary taking bigger leaps on this 11-song mindbender, making his twang-y guitar jams strangely vivid, as intricate collage/sampling further punctuates the expansive dreamscape illustrated in these deeply evocative tracks. "Remove A Tooth" starts the album off with a brush of Craig's lucid, double-down vocals whistling through a melee of drums and throbbing reverb.
It must be intriguing in Sean Schuster-Craig’s head. On the evidence of Teaspoon to the Ocean, his debut album as Jib KIdder for Weird World, it appears that he exists in a state somewhat approaching percussive bliss. Sure there’re plenty of coloured thoughts firing off the synapses but, largely, we find ourselves as we enter Teaspoon’s…. world in a somewhat unexpected environment.
If you’ve ever stayed up to an ungodly hour searching YouTube for the weirdest available Internet—like this masked man drinking a can of malt liquor during a hurricane—you’re likely to understand the music of Sean Schuster-Craig, alias Jib Kidder, a New York-based artist whose refracted pop music might soundtrack your next dive down a digital K-hole. Click through his Bandcamp, and you see that Schuster-Craig approaches music as cosmophage, chewing up his influences—Atlanta rap, Animal Collective, AM radio—into raw material for a blank canvas dripping with the excess of these ideas. His new album, Teaspoon to the Ocean, is his debut for Domino imprint Weird World, and represents a formal attempt to surface from the deep web into a small corner of the music world.
Sean Schuster-Craig is a multi kind of guy. Performing under the Jib Kidder name, he’s a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist. He is also a visual artist who works in multi media. All of this is done with the idea of producing what he calls “psychedelic collage”. Perhaps this approach is the ….
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