'Colossal Squid’ showcases Betts' unique approach to music combining his love for the irregularities in electronic music (by the likes of Aphex Twin, Autechre and more recently Arca and Oneohtrix) with his visceral connection with live drums.
As a member of Brian Eno’s favourite London experimentalists Three Trapped Tigers, Betts has spent years exploring the boundaries between electronic and live music, and celebrating the flaws thrown up when one tried to replicate the other.
Taking the ‘Drums Vs Electronics / Man Vs Machine' idea he’s been developing behind the kit for TTT and The Heritage Orchestra (and more recently with Shobaleader One after being headhunted by Squarepusher) this album has a wider focus:
"I think almost most electronic artists have had a desire to perform live, creating a good representation of their music while being engaged with the process as much as possible” says Betts, who decided the best way for the live show to truly represent the album (and vice versa), was to make them one and the same.
Having originally written, developed and recorded an earlier version of the album over a few months in various studios around London, the opportunity arose to record a live session.
The recordings captured such an enthralling energy that they instantly replaced the previous “studio” versions.
“It clicked that this was the way to represent the material in the best way possible - performed entirely live, as it happened” explains Betts "it's really a punk album with tape delays instead of guitar chords!”.
released November 25, 2016
Written, Performed, Produced and Mixed by Adam Betts.
Tracks 2, 3 & 4 co-written by John Calvert.
Recorded live on 27th March 2016.
Engineered by Richard Preston.
Mastered by James Rowbotham
Album artwork by Russell Taysom
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One review called this "a masterpiece"...well,no...not really...that's a terrible poison chalice to saddle any new band with. Some people have also called this 'math rock'...well,if that means precise rhythms,breakneck unison playing and eccentric time signatures (the drummer sometimes sounds like a rock-drill on steroids),then that would have been a term to apply to the Mahavishnu Orchestra or,indeed,Troyka...another review called this "like nothing you've ever heard"...well,no...
No,this is a very good workout with some interesting ideas but they can be repetitive without a sense of development,I think. It actually works better when it slows down a bit and takes a breath and becomes less autistic...
Technically very challenging but emotionally a little arid in places. It is a rewarding listen but this band have a lot more development in the tank and don't need the over-hype...