Release Date: Jul 11, 2006
Record label: Warp
Greedy Baby is an audio visual collaboration between Warp stalwarts Plaid and Brighton video artist Bob Jaroc - written as a surround-sound mix. Plaid provide a wonderful variety of music, at times sinister and dissonant but also warm and playful, for Jaroc's often psychedelic visuals. Though opener War Dialler, with its plethora of modem tones and dislocated mutterings, seems like a geometric experiment derived from the following tracks (I Citizen the Loathsome and The Launching of Big Face) Plaid still provide their trademark chiming, tolling melodies.
Hiring a video director for some value-added content at the end of a CD is one thing, but when a techno act co-bills said director for a CD/DVD package, you'd think something special would be going on. Bob Jaroc is a Brighton-based "visual engineer" who provided accompanying film for a new Plaid work, first heard in 2004 at a few British festivals and performed in 5.1 Surround Sound. After a few minutes of randomized modem dialing and voices asking "Hello?," Plaid begin the true program with "I Citizen the Loathsome," an aptly cinematic piece that slowly comes together amidst Jaroc visuals involving slowly revolving scenes of British nightlife.