West Coast Love Stories by Stone GiantsRelease date: July 2, 2021
As an artist, in this case, a musician, you mostly take the route to establish yourself in a specific genre. It is possibly the surest path to become recognizable and to accumulate a fan base. Of course, if you are any good at what you do, still there are situations when your musical interests are much wider than just one genre and you need to explore that too. Again, you should, if you are any good at it.
Now, electronic music fans are certainly familiar with the name Amon Tobin. Tobin was always more of a sound designer/composer who obviously had an abundance of ideas that always filtered in bits and pieces through his work.
This time around, he takes on something that is at the same time a bit different and then actually still true to all the concepts Tobin presented so far.
What is the case here? First of all, to present this concept, Tobin takes on an alias – Stone Giants. Secondly, and presents his vision of West Coast psych through these West Coast Love Stories.
So what does that vision entail? Well, actually what the title says. You get the melodies and progressions of your best second part of the sixties West Coast psych but filtered through Tobin’s delicate electronic soundscapes.
At the same time, Tobin doesn’t miss covering the love songs part. It is an album where vocals play a prominent part, but as Tobin puts it himself, he also wanted to explore a “different perspective – humans and electronics pooling resources to explore themes of love and being none the wiser for it.”
In the end, it turns out to be one of the better albums Tobin has come up with in recent times, a melodic experiment that is above all utterly listenable.