Machines can make wonderful sounds -- just ask Michael Beckett, the human behind the noisemakers featured on Kpt.michi.gan's first full-length. While words like experimental could certainly be lobbed at Beckett's creations, these minimalist songs are surprisingly and undeniably funky. Beckett uses unusually dry components to craft warm music, fashioning his songs from static, ticks and snippets of tone. For example, "Fruchtig"'s glitchy loop is robotic yet innocent and fun; the best analogy is that corny robot from the movie Short Circuit
. Sure, it was a silly bunch of wires and bolts, but damned if I didn't love that robot. Comparably pleasing tracks include "Fon" and "Surf's Up".
A few numbers are noisier, including "Jimi" -- which, fittingly, is cut off just as it gets going. This only serves to highlight the other tracks' grooviness. With enough oddball beats to satisfy the electronic purists and plenty of fun for casual fans, Player, Player should be a big hit all around.