Mudd Corp
Loserlord


3.2
good

Review

by Tristan Jones EMERITUS
March 19th, 2016 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Turnip-squeezing bashi-bazouks

Loserlord conveys a sort of silly-serious tradeoff, like a 16-bit RPG with comically simple visuals alongside harbingers of destruction and doom. It can be moody and evocative, but you can’t help crack a smile at what are probably self-aware technological quirks. Especially in the physical cassette form, Loserlord feels a bit like an antiquated video game, with enough familiarity to invoke nostalgia and a sense of discovery coupling history and fantasy. From the get-go with “Don”, Mudd Corp utilize old-school synths with ambiguous intent; it blends elements of dance with obsessive fine-tuning, calling to mind IDM pioneer Mark Bell. With tracks like early highlight “Run Paper Bot Run”, Mudd Corp balance catchiness, smooth tone, and versatility. The head-bobbing base-level rhythms tend to detract from what is often nuanced and rich, making Loserlord both easily accessible and elusive; it’s tricky to peg down what all is happening in various platforms, and there is often little motivation, as the main floor is plenty entertaining. “MyJohnThomas” has crunchy synth lines and groovy rhythms, which underplay the more interesting manipulations overhead; follow-up “Red Lobster” is the opposite, with relatively sparse bass and an increased focus on an atmosphere augmented by mid-range pulses and sharp analog synths.

It’s difficult to decide what exactly Loserlord advocates; it seems to cull from anywhere and everywhere on an indecisive electronic palette, utilizing house, breakbeat, dub techno, you name it - mostly using these as avenues to and from the album’s main strip. Most producers flounder when trying to mash so many styles together in one LP, but Mudd Corp make everything converge nicely into something cohesive. If anything, it all suffers slightly from an inability to filter out a few of the less-impressive tracks - Loserlord would’ve made an excellent twenty-ish-minute EP. Still, Mudd Corp succeed in taking what is likely familiar territory and creating something distinct, and modestly so. It doesn’t have any bold declarations or giant steps in any direction; it manages to be detailed, yet aloof. There’s a weird nothing-to-prove fascination here, with an album that, despite a slew of aptly-used techniques, is content to be perceived as simple fun. The silly compound of loser + lord connotes a would-be powerful figure who lacks the ability - or incentive - to intimidate or beguile peers; Mudd Corp certainly have the makings of electronic nobility, but are too busy painting the town to stake claims to a particular realm. What’s important to take away is, despite being pretty lax and amusing in tone, Loserlord bears an uncanny sentimentality, summed nicely with sombre penultimate "Blue Bronco". It's tough to put a finger on, but if moments like the death of Porom and Palom (FFIV) resonate at all, so might this.




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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 19th 2016


6685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

https://thirdkindrecords.bandcamp.com/album/loserlord



edited the review: apparently Blue Bronco is the second-last track and the actual closer is only available on cassette or with the digital download (so, not streamable)

TheWrenKing
March 19th 2016


1696 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This sounds really interesting

Cygnatti
March 19th 2016


32775 Comments


[2] really need some more idm these days. too many of it is too droll tho x.x

Archelirion
March 20th 2016


5651 Comments


Came for the summary, stayed for the intriguing-as-hell review. I'll check this in a bit, sounds like it could be a good one.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 20th 2016


6685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

yeah it's pretty good - I would say "great" but there's quite a few tracks I'd readily favour over others. again, it'd be a killer EP.



hopefully sput gives it a chance, it's pretty nifty

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2016


24524 Comments


album art is killer, loved the RPG comparisons/descriptions

Digging: The Tallest Man on Earth - I Love You. It's a Fever Dream.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 20th 2016


6685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

yeah the art is kinda wtf but I like it

hal1ax
March 20th 2016


13498 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

love this album art

FadedSun
March 20th 2016


1909 Comments


Cool album art, yeah.

Pangea
March 21st 2016


2945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i enjoyed this

Digging: La Dispute - Panorama

Archelirion
March 21st 2016


5651 Comments


Yeah, this was cool. Not the kinda thing I'd get overly excited about checking again and again, but a pretty enjoyable experience all round.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 21st 2016


6685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

liking new Pleasure Model more than this tbh, check that too

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2016


24524 Comments


my cassette finally arrived and I'm pretty happy with it

love the additional artwork and it even came with a little thank you note with my name on it from the label haha. the case it came in also looks hand-made. I'd buy from this label again for sure

muddcorp
July 16th 2016


1 Comments


Thanks for all those kind words guys

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
July 16th 2016


6685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

thx for poppin in

iloveyouall
July 16th 2016


6319 Comments


not a problem

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
July 17th 2016


6685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

a* problem

iloveyouall
July 17th 2016


6319 Comments


thanks



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