Reason Isn't Radar by Lid Emba
2006 CD


Got off at the wrong bus-stop, saw the convenience store, crept in and stole some comics. Made the best of it. The comics pulverized into yellow crumbs in the attic, then swam through time and became this: no MIDI, no strychnine B12, no rococo plug-in library. Just bad brains.

"The raw sound points to the use of traditional, non-sophisticated equipment for processing and marshalling; yet the glitch noise indicates complicated computer generated music. A unique debut." - The Plastic Ashtray

"Noisy and dysfunctional psychedelia." - Creative Loafing

"Think Autechre with a smile on its face and a song in it's heart." - Wonderful Wooden Reasons

"There's something new and crazy every other second, with a more organic approach taken to a style usually embodied by synthetics." - Ohmpark

Released In April 2006.

MP3 Sample: Rib Cage

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"The debut album of Lid Emba falls in the new age ambient experimental electronic music category, where rhythms and structures lose their visibility and the motif remains more on the constant investigation of tonal atmospheres as the compositions progress. On one hand, the grungy raw sound of this eight-track offering points to the use of traditional, non-sophisticated equipment; yet the glitch noises indicate complicated computer-generated music. An interesting fact to note about this album is that, though Sean Moore's infatuation with drums is exemplified throughout (he is a member of a rock band), the collection overrides any rock-influenced undertones with its excellent endeavors fusing outright noise with ambient psychedelic sounds. Casual listeners might draw comparisons with the minimalist approaches of Robert Hood, yet more or less indiscernible structures limit this comparison to songs like "Memory Merchant" and "Pardon Me, Claude." For that matter, songs like "Rib Cage," "Butterwings," and "Resin Rains" might sound close to the noisy, ambient-paced approaches of greats like DJ Spooky and John Cage, yet the whole inconspicuous style adheres Lid Emba to unregulated divergence. Moreover, it's more the intelligent use of technology and equipment rather than sampling that makes this album uniquely styled, in contrast to most of Lid Emba's contemporaries. The closing track, "Ghost of Sand Train," might well be singled out as a representative single here. Though it sounds noisy and chaotic upon the first few spins, the album becomes relaxing and ambient with repeated listening." - Bhasker Gupta / All Music