||Puttering About a Small Land CD (2000) |
Heather Lewis songs Land of the Loops is Waltham, Massachusetts native Alan Sutherland and a variety of guest singers, including Beat Happening's Heather Lewis and Cornelius associate Takako Minekawa. As you might guess from the project's name, Cornelius' sample-happy indie techno is a good comparison-though Sutherland has a bit less in the way of wit and melodic sense.
Such songs as "Single Girl Summer Home" feature appealingly wispy girl vocals and way-cool synth sounds, but the melodies aren't as strong as they could be. When Sutherland and company stretch out into more fluid, elongated, and improvisational areas (the eight-minute workout "Party Pooper," the rattling "How to Feed a Sea Monkey," and the atmospheric closer "Marshmallow Pillows"), the album becomes much more appealing. Imagine an indie-pop version of the Chemical Brothers, and you're almost there.
Principally recorded at The New England Synthesizer Museum, Nashua, New Hampshire.
Personnel: Heather Lewis, Takako Minekawa (vocals); Dave Wilson (keyboards); Alan Sutherland (loops).
Audio Mixers: Phil Ek; Tucker Martine.
Recording information: Flora Ave Studios; Mom's House; New England Synthesizer Museum, Nashua, NH; Slab Cottage.
Editor: Scott Colburn .
Unknown Contributor Role: Glen Smith.
Land Of The Loops: Alan Sutherland (programming, samples, loops); Heather Lewis, Takako Minekawa, Jovita Carpenter, DJ Trouble (vocals); Dave Wilson (keyboards); Glen Smith, Explosion Robinson (programming).
||Hurry Up & Wait CD (1999) |
Heather Lewis albums They weren't kidding when they called themselves Land of the Loops. Hurry Up and Wait is filled with hypnotic trip-hop beats, keyboard leads, and oodles of tape-loop samples; there's not a guitar to be found here. And even if there are only three actual songs instead of five as listed (the intro track being only six seconds of two people talking, and the final "Extra Chicken" consisting of a minute and a half of dead air), "Fresh Grand Parkway" makes up for the false advertising, led delightfully by Heather Lewis' calm but soulful voice. ~ Mike DaRonco
Land of the Loops: Alan Sutherland, Dave Fuller.
Additional personnel: Heather Lewis (vocals).