Octopus Inc

Mere Things and Mindless Creatures

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Octopus Inc is Noah Sasso's second musical alter ego. (His earlier incarnation as Pacman is memorialized only on an out of print CD-R and several limited-edition cassette recordings.) Sasso's playful nature is apparent even on many of the 14 song titles -- "Tofu Infinity," "Nanolyp & Layers," "Interrobang," "Being Normal," "Baby CPU Clock," "Barnacle Co." His music follows no particular stylistic agenda, beginning with a sample of primitive, pre-dancefloor electronica (he even humorously loses his way on keyboards about halfway through the piece), and then gradually introducing more conventional drum'n'bass and some hard-edged hip-hop rhythms on later selections. The overall effect is casually experimental, without being pretentious or overly complex. No barriers are breached; no breakthroughs are achieved. But there's something to said for someone just enjoying the process, and Sasso's first effort as Octopus Inc is quite enjoyable in its unassuming fashion.

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