Solvently One Listens
CAN Suction
Solventís sophomore album is not harder, faster, or more intricate thaní98ís selftitled debut--and thatís just how Jason Amm likes it. ďA lot of electronic artists get the impression they have to one-up themselves every time,Ē Torontoís Amm says. ď That kind of thing is not important to me.Ē Amm forms 50% of the duo behind the Suction label and 100% of the humanity behind the machines of Solvent. What is important to him are the songs themselves. ďI have a pop song mentality, so itís more about perfecting the craft of the pop song, better arranging my tracks, and creating stronger melodies, as opposed to getting more involved in the technology. Iím aiming at perfecting the pop song.Ē And thatís the refreshing result heard here. Yes, this is 1999ís electronic music, but itís not frantic drill n bass or experimentalism for the sake of it. This is electronic music brimming with vigor, contemplative one moment, but bold and cheerful the next. Still, Ammís music often gets lazily lumped into the IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) camp, and that doesnít make him happy. ďThat stuff is really leaving me cold now because I really do need melodies and structures and the things that came from the pop sensibility. I like things that are catchy and direct; Iím not really into abstraction.Ē There are a variety of moods and tempos on this full length, but Amm ensures thereís always something memorable lurking at the heart of each composition. Itís a lesson learned from the techno pop and industrial dance that was the soundtrack of his youth. ďHearing electronic listening music like Aphex Twin and Autechre was like a revelation and it kickstarted me into taking music-making more seriously. But once I started getting involved in it, my roots started showing through. I grew up listening to stuff like Depeche Mode and Soft Cell because that was the most electronic stuff I could find. Thatís where I started and thatís where I hope to head in the future.Ē --Andrew Duke

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