PHORK - Splish
I love hearing Neil Reinalda's use of musical elements, particularly rhythm, in his Phork recordings. He seems totally comfortable playing in both the realms of the avant garde and in pop, which was instantly appealing to us. I think it's easy to view rhythm functioning narrowly by set genre rules, but Splish can't really be tethered down, it's interesting in it's duality and playfulness. Neil describes the album himself as "top 40 de-skilled", a de-construction or meditation on the idea of pop performed with a layman's skill set. All the soup's ingredients are there, but they are cut too thin, cooked too long, or not long enough. It's a perfect example of how limitations can fuel the creative process, producing unexpectedly beautiful and forward thinking results.