Macintosh Plus
Sick and Panic


5.0
classic

Review

by AnimalsAsSummit USER (28 Reviews)
February 26th, 2020 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Go outside....... BITCH

Macintosh Plus is a staple for vaporwave. With their 2011 release Floral Shoppe, they basically created the internet-friendly incarnation of the genre, noting what Chuck Person's Eccojams achieved the year prior and taking it to the next level. While I don't particularly love that album like many others do, it was an important chapter for the genre. Now enter the Mac's newest outing, and it is their magnum opus. A glitchy throwback track to the early 2000s that simultaneously injects new and unheard futuristic grooves, taking from genres like footwork, dub, halftime and more. Let's delve a little deeper.

The song spans 12 minutes and has many sections throughout, unfolding as a kind of experimental sonic journey. The best part about this song is that it's so sonically dense and huge that the ears are immediately delighted with splashes of synth and kaleidoscopic sounds. They resonate through the brain with pulses of stutter-y delight. Candy-coated synths and wirbly recordings dominate the space as bizarre syncopated beats gurgle underneath. It is not unlike Machine Girl's Gemini; total auditory bliss at one end of its peak spectrum. It's exploring a literal place and dimension with these sounds. Some will appreciate that, absolutely relish every moment of it, and others will want it to sound like a hooky radio song and be let down. Sorry, homie Mac don't play like that. That cave has been explored already.

A user on YouTube described this album as an "A.I. trying to create music using only 90s samples and synths" and that is one of my favorite descriptions of this album so far. Nothing can be closer to the truth. This lead me draw the similarity between this and albums like this and a band like Autechre. Painstakingly cutting up electronic patterns and in-depth programming to create new sonic landscapes for people. It's a noble thing to do and you have to take your hate off for Macintosh Plus here. They do this and aren't trying to flip the script for no reason. Unlike most plunderphonics artists, who take from random sampling sources and often end up with post-modern goop, here Macintosh Plus aims for an aesthetic (no pun intended). And this style is markedly early 2000s, which works wonders for me, a person obsessed with plenty of atmospheric music from that time.

So go ahead and give this weird track a try. I did forget to mention that there is a vocal sample that gets squashed, stretched, and at points totally obliterated by distortion and effects throughout that repeats, "Go outside bitch". I think this is good advice coming from Macintosh Plus. We all spend a bit too much time online, and most assuredly being among the trees, birds and sky will enhance any music experience, guaranteed. So, as instructed, I went outside... listened to this single.... and gave it a 5. What will you do?



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AnimalsAsSummit
February 26th 2020


6180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i wrote this fast af lmk about any errors

luci
February 26th 2020


12844 Comments


we're reviewing singles now?

parksungjoon
February 26th 2020


47234 Comments


"We all spend a bit too much time online"

dont kinkshame me bitch

gud revue pos'd

should be "listened" at the end there prob?

AnimalsAsSummit
February 26th 2020


6180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i suppose, yes! with the 12 min length and amount of musical sections on this thing it may as well be a mini album

parksungjoon
February 26th 2020


47234 Comments


basically as long as some punk and grind releases so

AnimalsAsSummit
February 26th 2020


6180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thanks park corrected

Avagantamos
February 26th 2020


8984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

draft 7.30 in the recs section? i'm on this like flies in a box of fruit

Avagantamos
February 26th 2020


8984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah... this shit slaps. brought back a lot of memories of Quaristice and Garden of Delete

AnimalsAsSummit
February 27th 2020


6180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Agreed, glad you're into it

parksungjoon
February 27th 2020


47234 Comments


Ava give this bloke a pos, he's earned it

Sinternet
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2020


26641 Comments


honestly thought this track was beyond boring

AnimalsAsSummit
February 27th 2020


6180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

too bad 4 u i guess

dedex
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2020


12788 Comments

Album Rating: 2.4 | Sound Off

Completely disagree, but it's well-written so have a pos

AnimalsAsSummit
February 27th 2020


6180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks!

Lacedaemonius
March 1st 2020


97 Comments


I feel like this review actively holds me in contempt

AnimalsAsSummit
March 1st 2020


6180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

nah it loves ya

Kompys2000
Emeritus
March 1st 2020


9489 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hope I like this more when I eventually come back to it

AnimalsAsSummit
March 1st 2020


6180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Me too, glad people are digging it so far

parksungjoon
March 8th 2020


47234 Comments


imagine negging this

AnimalsAsSummit
March 8th 2020


6180 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i will never understand maybe better that way



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