Boomkat Product Review:
Just as label boss Kid 606 has seemingly shirked the nutty-electronica in favour of a more post-rock flavoured selection, so Dwayne Sodahberk has ditched the techno-based electronics of his first two Tigerbeat6 releases and picked up the muted pop thread from 2003's 'Unfortunately'. Calling upon '60s-flavored acoustic melodies, quiet electronic kraut-rock, dark haunted folk tunes, and subtly lurking noise, 'Cut Open' is a spectrum straddling LP that suggests some passive aggression in the air, but can't help cloaking it all in an irresistible and beautiful slew of melodies. Recorded in Stockholm and Paris between autumn 2003 and autumn 2005, Sodahberk sings and plays a variety of acoustic and electric instruments throughout the album, calling upon guest appearances from the likes of Honey Owens (Jackie-O Motherfucker, Nudge), violinist Liz Hysen (Picastro), Maria Kihlberg (Revlon 9) and Per Hellquist (a sometime member of Sodahberk's live band) providing on clarinet on one track. Even though the album has its fair share of noise and distortion, it's probably the most accessible and listener friendly album Sodahberk has released thus far - hinting at a far maturer sound that is steeped in oaky songwriting as opposed to brusque (and ultimately short-lived) thrills. Dwayne Dibley!