Looped

And what, exactly, is this photo doing on the back cover of the Bundle Of Joy advance CD we received many months ago.

It would probably be safe to assume that Alan Sutherland, 27, spends a lot of

time in his room, alone. While other musicians are busy writing teenage

symphonies to the gods that have failed them or gnashing their teeth and

shredding their guitars for 50 bucks a night at a smelly club, Sutherland, an

Art and Design student at Pratt University in Brooklyn, is dwelling in the Land

of the Loops, mixing, re-mixing and mixing again. Land of the Loops is the name

of Sutherland's "band," his alter ego, really, and his debut on Seattle's Up

Records, Bundle of Joy , is just that, a joyous sixteen-song bundle of

ear-catching sounds, televised voices, beats and grooves that is neither here

nor there, and subsequently, everywhere. Sutherland's sound collages, girded by

infectious beats and odd samples of Hindu chants, baby talk, old television

shows and space transmissions, are trip hop for the giddy, ambient for the

motivated and, like the prank call bit he samples at the beginning of

"Multi-Family Garage Sale," says, "When people are just looking at you, like

'man, they're fuckin' jamming,' you just get the energy, like shit, I gotta jam

harder. That makes you say 'fuck it' because I'm ready to smoke the world with

the rock and roll." While Sutherland doesn't jam in the traditional sense, and

he's not exactly smoking the world with the rock 'n' roll, he does build up a

series of hooks and ladders on the CD that bridge the gap between at-home lo-fi

noodling and seamless at-home sound tapestry construction that signals the

emergence of a fine remix artist at the very least.

Sutherland is low-key,

shy even, when contacted at his parent's home...

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