| Who better to document the tropics then the absurd? Who better to spin tales of white beaches and exotic birds then he with little patience? He who will dislocate steel drums, slice pineapples, bend beach balls, and indiscriminately crush vacation time into sand. Secret Mommy has championed the art of never knowing when to stop. He has pushed the traditional summer soundtrack past its breaking point only to discover that once the slack key guitars are demolished he is able to reassemble them into something new. These five songs are summertime anthems. Not five in a list of a thousand, but the list itself sliced & stitched, cut & pasted, pushed & pulled into forms which are uncharacteristically personal.
This is Andy Dixon's third release under the Secret Mommy moniker, the first two being full lengths on San Francisco's ORTHLORNG MUSORK. But on this, his newest EP, Mr. Mommy has culled the playful wit of his previous efforts and designed five narratives on separate aspects of Hawaii.
Usually reserved for performing on Kit Clayton's
outstanding Musork imprint, Andy Dixon steps out for a moment to deliver
this stunningly hysterical EP for the ever-emerging Ache imprint. Similar
in spirit to musical colleagues Blectum from Blechdom, Nathan Michel, and
the Rip Off Artist, Hawaii 5.0 brilliantly observes the culture of Hawaii
in a five-song cycle and then feeds it with an unforgiving tenacity into a
Max/MSP patch to delivery something that is just as funky as it is off the
cuff. Sliced-up steel drums, illegally lifted "Ipanema" samples, seagull
squawks, field recordings in pineapple mazes, and glitched-out pedal steel
moments run amuck in this 20-minute exercise in laptop blanket bingo. It's
the soundtrack of Frankie and Annette had they grown up in Silicon Valley,
and there is no doubt that Hawaii 5.0 will please just about any IDM fan
who worships at the altars of Musork and Tigerbeat6. Surf's up.
- Rob Theakston, All Music Guide
"If you've ever taken a voyage through song, or just tripped balls on really good acid to the point where you believed you were soaking up rays on an island somewhere in the South Pacific, Hawaii 5.0 will soon be your tropical elixir of choice. Hellbound cruise director Secret Mommy, aka Andy Dixon, is your guide on this absurdist journey through the tropics: palm trees talk in ancient tongues, coconuts fight dirty and piña coladas come spiked with strychnine and bamboo dust. Glitchy and filled with rhythms that sound like a six year-old kicking a tin can through a field, the songs that make up the Hawaii 5.0 "experience" aren't exactly user friendly -- that is, unless you like to fall asleep to the frizz-fuzz-clink of a fax tone. Tiny bits of Haitian melody pop up in plinky pop songs like "The Food" and "The Drink", but by and large those moments are eclipsed by Dixon's phantasmagorical take on the vacation life...and his strict adherence to the IDMer's guide to holiday fun in the sun."