Jon Gooch, aka Feed Me, actually has a much larger catalog and longer career as his other alias, Spor, which he used to produce Drum and Bass tracks in the early 2000′s. But he saw a quicker route to success once taken under the wing of Deadmau5, creating a new character for himself, Feed Me, taking the form of a teethy, green familiar monster, that coaxes him to make glitchy electro and dubstep records. After the release of a few buzzworthy EP’s and singles, Feed Me has taken a hiatus from DJing to release his debut album, Calamari Tuesday.
The thing noticeable about Feed Me’s tracks is just how dynamic the production is. Songs like “Orion” and “Lonely Mountain” are hardly formulaic, drawing from many different sounds and sources to create an unpredictable mesh of melodic goodness. While the album is largely instrumental, truthfully Feed Me is at his best when collaborating with vocalists. “Death By Robot” paints a vivid Terminator-esque scenario, yet in a light-hearted, whimsical tone, with brilliant juxtaposition. Later on “Ebb & Flow”, Tasha Baxster’s breathy vocals mix well with Feed Me’s aggro dubstep riddim. “Ophelia” draws from reggae dub itself, showing massive depth to the producer.
Yet while there is undeniable talent here, the album does get a bit monotonous towards its later half. Songs like “Fiasco” and “Chinchilla” almost run into each other, while songs like “Short Skirt” simply miss the mark. “Love Is All I Got”, with Crystal Fighters, seems out of place with the rest of the record, while “Last Requests” featuring Jenna G ends the album on a strange note.
While there’s undeniable talent here, Calamari Tuesday ends up being a long album with too many misfires and similar moments. Feed Me’s had a great run leading up to this point, but ultimately the album comes off as almost a rush job, without a filter for quality control. In an industry flooded with similar sounding synths, artists, and DJ sets, Feed Me could have done more to distinguish himself from the rest of the pack.
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