Much like his other releases for Tigerbeat6 (and this could apply to the label in general), Electric Company
's Brad Laner
) can't sit still to save his artistic life. Throughout Creative Playthings
' 18 tracks there lies an interesting hybrid of indie rock and electronic laptop wizardry, akin to labelmates Dwayne Sodahberk
and Stars as Eyes
. Much like its title, the album invokes a spirit that is childlike and innocent, complete with upbeat melodies, frantic beats, and rapid-fire edits, bleeps, and noises. The hyperactivity abounds -- with one idea jumping to the next without apology and ideas never fully coming to fruition. One of the most notable highlights comes as the end of the record: if played on a computer CD drive, a whole slew of secret MP3s are included, another full-length album of material that almost bests anything on the proper album. Also included in the MP3 batch is a beautiful live performance from 1998. Song titles withstanding, it's an IDM album the whole family can enjoy.