connect_icut ~ Small Town by the Sea

a closer listen

coverHaving grown up in Connecticut in a small town by the sea, I was intrigued by connect_icut‘s new album title.  After learning that the artist is from Vancouver, I was slightly disappointed, but the music won me over.

This is connect_icut’s tenth year as a recording artist, but Small Town by the Sea is advertised as his first album with beats.  Any instrument can keep a beat, as evidenced by last year’s “Port Shale”, but the shift is definitely in the percussive direction.  On Small Town by the Sea, the listener encounters drums ~ typically slow, used as texture and metronome.  The album is more an electronic suite than a series of tracks; Future Sound of London would be proud.  And while the Connecticut association is absent, the sea feel is preserved in avian cries (“Bird Internet”) and processed surf (“Cat Town”).  More importantly, these sounds are as…

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