Anonymeye: Anontendre (Someone Good)
I picked this one up on a whim from a few clips I heard, knowing very little about it otherwise. It turns out it makes for great morning music, as my first several plays have happened during that time of day. It has a playful lightness and feels approachable, despite being on the outskirts of post-rock or pop. To me it recalls the pastoral quality of some of Morr Music’s early less beat-focused albums by Isan or Múm. The contrast of acoustic instruments against signal processing or digital manipulation is nothing new; laptop musicians have been exploiting this convenient contrast for as long as software’s permitted them to do so. As an example, Part-Timer is another act who’s released full albums of instrumental music along these lines, while there are other acts like Empress or Bibio taking the idea and moving it into songs and more varied territory. But there’s something truly special about what Andrew Tuttle’s done with these rather concise 7 tracks, a mood and feeling the music evokes that rises it above mere comparison to other like-minded artists. The song titles of Anontendre play on words and politics (“Demarchy,” “Minarchism,” “Exilarchy,” as examples), but the music itself feels somewhat impartial. There’s a cozy elegance to his pieces, never falling too far on one side of the contrast, combining sometimes sweet, melodic acoustic guitar and piano against overtones and drones and abstractions of sound. Only “Meritocracy” seems to fall more fully into folk music territory, sounding more akin to David Pajo than Mego, but pieces like “Plutocracy” and “Federation” boast a much healthier abstraction from the source, providing the necessary contrast to make Anontendre lively and interesting.