March 2014 Local Music Reviews

Local Review: Exoboy – Badly Coded Boy

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Exoboy
Badly Coded Boy
Self-Released
Street: 01.01.13
Exoboy = Clams Casino + 8 Bit Weapon
 
Experimental is the first word that came to my mind when I listened to this. It sounded like something made purely on Ableton with scattered samples and perhaps a small MIDI controller. I’ll say right off the bat that this is something that I’ll only listen to once, due to the extremely thin and shallow sound the entire album has. I’m not saying it’s not interesting, though—each track has its own motif and idea, which was fun to hear, but it’s one of those “if you’ve seen it once, you’ve seen it all” moments for each song. The single ideas for each song dragged on for over five minutes, which gets very tedious. It’s interesting at first, but when you repeat it over and over, it gets boring. Again, I’ll reiterate that the ideas themselves were interesting, but the execution and projection of them were not. –Arnold Hsu
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