Something I’ve wanted to do for a good while is present a selection of a few personal favourite tunes from English electronic outfit Plaid. For the best part of 15 years or so Plaid have been plying their trade, and I think it’s fair to say that through a host of great releases they have created a sound that is unmistakably unique to them. As of late they seem to have been a bit quiet, save for producing the original score for 2007 Japanese anime film Tekkonkinkreet. Hopefully we’ll be treated to some new material in the near future, but details at the moment are thin on the ground.
Anyways, in the unlikely event that you’re not already familiar with these guys, a few handpicked tracks below should set you off. From their first major album Not For Threes we have the unlikely but wonderful tropical steel-drum jam of “Myopia”. Off 1999’s Restproof Clockwork I chose “Dang Spot”, a frantic song with examples of the quirky synths that have come to define Plaid. It was a tough call trying to decide which one to pick from Double Figure because I still think it’s one of the best electronic albums out there. I settled on the closing track “Manyme”, a slow number with simply stunning vocals that sways along beautifully to finish the album. “Diddymousedid” from the P-Brane ep shows again what a sucker I am for the intriguing noises these guys can make. The last track is from their latest full-length album, Spokes. “B Born Droid” is another tranquil affair with some sublime melodies that make it a classic Plaid tune I reckon.
Check out the trailer after the mp3s for an amazing video for “Super Barrio” by video wizard Bob Jaroc as part of the recent Greedy Baby ep/dvd. All the videos and songs in the project kick ass, so check it out if you can.
Bob Jaroc video trailer for “Super Barrio” by Plaid