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Bealla's Bobby Pins

"Baby Food Furniture" CDR

Ionik Recordings

Genres: electronica, computer music

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Sep 15 - 21 2003

Bealla's Bobby Pins is electronic musician Matt Beall's solo project. It sees him composing interesting mini-overtures on his computer that are very fun and often toy-influenced. Baby Food Furniture is his second album thus far on Cincinnati imprint Ionik Recordings, and it could very well be his best.

The most successful moment on this album is probably "Snow Shoes", a Niun Niggung-era Mouse on Mars styled number. The purposefully dinky "Pulse and Speed" is also a nice tune, complete with a tinkly background melody to go with the modified beats.

The only problem with Baby Food Furniture is that it takes quite a bit of time to get into. At first, a listener might find Beall's style a bit too drab and uninteresting, especially when he relies on repetition in tunes like "Don't Ya Put Him Down." After awhile, though, you get more and more engaged in the music's sound, and while Baby Food Furniture will likely be more successful as background music than headphones-on-and-chill-out material, there's still lots to like.

Baby Food Furniture isn't groundbreaking or Nobel Prize-deserving, but it's a fun romp for fans of homemade electronic music.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]