IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE I'VE SEEN THE OCEAN
TOM12 | released: 07/08/2001 | CD
via Anost (Europe) via SCD (USA)
"After wracking my brain for weeks now trying to think of what Sheffield's work reminds me of, it finally came to me this afternoon: it's most like the music and sounds that the Magnetic Fields put on "Distant Plastic Trees". That electric-yet-friendly sound, loop-driven but not always predictably so. Melancholy but optimistic, Sheffield's sounds and rhythms spring from the acoustic, then shift somewhat, like a spinning top moves laterally across a floor but doesn't stop its circular motion. This approach is a lot like that of Max Tundra or labelmates Sack & Blumm, with a giddy and wry charm that's neither too cute nor too sweet."