I cross the streams. All the time. That is how I've ended up here (wherever this is).
Electric Company is a solo project of Brad Laner, who most notably played guitar and noise for the excellent early 90s alternative rock/shoegazery-ish band Medicine. Electric Company was also a children's television program in the US, but that is immaterial to this post. I came upon these records as various interests of mine converged many years back - being innovative rock, noise music, and general laptoppery. While these two albums are quite different in style and technique, they each handle the creation of artsy-noise-music-that-is-almost-catchy in a playful manner.
a pert cyclic omen
this is noisy, hazy, crazy. a musician having fun in the studio. there are hints of shoegazeryness, but full of loops running on their own power - collisions, elisions.
exitos was released on tigerbeat6 - and in many obvious ways differs a pert cyclic omen, very electronic, glitchy and spare. but the sense of noise, contrast and collision is still present, along with some serious hooks. this is definitely what makes Electric Company one of my favorite "lost" acts of turn of the century laptopping - so idiosyncratic, yet at ease with hints of genre, equal parts challenge and ease.
I go through my collection, looking for something to put on the stereo, and can't believe I have these records (among all the other records I can't believe I have). This makes me happy.
also, a boozy toast to aporia6 joining the crew here.