Review: Computer & I – Computer & I

Preston Hitzler from Phoenix, Arizona is one of those few artists who doesn’t lend himself too easily to comparisons. If there is a sub-genre for his Computer & I output it would be called something like “throbtronica” as the primitive electronica tends to cause speaker vibrations.

‘me v. we’ spends five minutes revolving around a short, simple melody; the pitch and keyboards varying slightly with each repetition. It’s a decent beginning but rather thin material to merit its length. In fairness, it’s as “difficult” as the EP gets. ‘Burn Yourself’ begins with a female spoken word passage and abstract electronica. However, it then becomes a “proper song” with brittle verses building in to shouted chorus. ‘Buttons’ adds wiry guitar shapes for good measure whilst Hitzler does a fair impression of Beck on the vocal front. ‘Love+’, meanwhile, clever merges soul vocals with Hitzler’s bedroom beats and then it’s left to the largely instrumental ‘me, now what’ to end the EP on a slightly sombre note.

After a fairly average beginning, Hitzler slowly peels back the layers to reveal his skills as an off-kilter songwriter. A little less reliance on those throbbing beats may be required next time, however.

Web Sites:
Computer & I EP Cover
Computer & I MySpace

Further Listening:
Black Moth Super Rainbow, BFF

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