Winduptoys switch on the Double Exposure
Heard enough sensitive glitch-pop yawns cooked up by yet another kid with a laptop and a bunch of soft-synths? Then return to an age when technology was real technology, knobs were real knobs and plug-ins were really plugged in!
Combine one-third chill-out textures more spacious than the 5th dimension, one-third dub grooves deeper than a black hole, one-third walls-of-sound more solid than solidified platinum and one third bleep-rock signals beamed into space as evidence of human intelligence. The result is Double Exposure, the debut album from Melbourne’s leading exponents of experimental dub electronica,winduptoys.
Winduptoys formed in the early years of the 21st century, the meeting of two great musicians, studio producers and live sound engineers, Robert Boehm and Jeremy Smith. Contributions to the earlier Clan Analogue release Defocus and the new dub compilation Clan Analogue In Version, along with their Switch On EP, have already been heard by ears tuned to currents moving in the ether. Double Exposure also features collaborations with like-minded musical iconoclasts Psyburbia and Koshowko. Their common passion for gadgets, devices, toys and accidental technologies has enabled winduptoys to emerge from their studio with the great new hope of Australian electronic music.
Wnduptoys have built their album with quality old-fashioned electronic music values, hard to find lately but occasionally seen in the work of peers like Add N to X, Meat Beat Manifesto and DJ Food. Peak through the studio window during the legendary Double Exposure sessions and you would have observed electricity, diodes, filters, oscillators, feedback loops, reverse phasing, tape machines, voltage, modified grooveboxes and more, all working towards the glorious cause of sound itself.
Sample pure analogue genius: Double Exposure, the debut album from Winduptoys.
“The textures of these electronics, seem somewhat grander, crunchier, squelchier, more tactile than everything else around. These are synthesized and electronic sounds that you can taste”
“Shifts mood and energy throughout, it hangs together beautifully and has the potential to become a jewel in Australia’s electronic crown”
“A strong debut from Winduptoys that certainly contains its fair share of lurking jagged edges”
2. Switch On
3. Lost and Found
5. Dub on Mars (with Psyburbia)
6. Point of No Return
7. Switched On (with Koshowko)
9. The Suit
11. Variable One
12. Switch Off
Originally released in 2006