Having dabbled with proggy, sound sculptures in the now defunct Space Needle and drummed in the grungy, Crazy Horse-influenced Varnaline, Jud Ehrbar attempts to fuse both sensibilities on PINK MACHINE. Credited to Reservoir, this one-man project is the logical progression following a self-titled debut full of Ehrbar's eclectic instrumental dabbling. Although he introduces vocals here, PINK MACHINE is far from a traditional pop album.
Syncopated rhythms, drones, delays and echoey synthesizers dot the musical landscape. The lo-fi sound quality adds to the charm of Ehrbar's crooning on "Let's Fall In Love Again" and "Weight Of The World," which is comfortably paced by a drum-machine and minimal piano playing. Demonstrating how far his experimentation has come, Ehrbar triumphs via the layered effects and rhythms of "Air Coryell." Not really an album to throw on at parties, PINK MACHINE is a journey best taken between headphones