Tim Fite CD review [Anti]

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Tim Fite CD review [Anti]
Sep 13, 2005, 05:36

TIM FITE Gone Ain't Gone CD

Tim Fite has a cute, contrived little bio on his website—something about being born without blood and needing to be hooked into a machine to make records.

If that's the alter ego he needs to create music this original, so be it. Gone Ain't Gone—a pastiche of rock, hip-hop, dance, spoken-word, funk and punk—is absolutely impossible to categorize. Fite reportedly composed this album entirely from samples he found in bargain bins in dying neighborhood record stores. Beck is the most immediate frame of reference, but even Beck's herky-jerky schtick seems focused compared to Fite's.  But Fite's brand of musical schizophrenia works because he distills basics like drum loops and plucky rhythm guitars into something much more textural. If there's such a thing as a soulful sonic collage this is it.

“Shook,” starts out with the simple, repetitive pluck of minor piano keys, then walks into an electronic disco drum loop, followed by the squiggly-squonk of the synth. Then it all starts over again. Over the top, Fite squeals in a high-falsetto, spits rapid-fire raps and bellows beefy chants.

“No Good Here, a tossed-off apology to a hectoring woman, floats by on bright guitar strumming and cocky drumming. “I've been busy baby, busy quitting every job in New York City,” Fite drones. Then he lurches into a wall of guitar and feedback and elevates his drone to a shriek. “Your money's no good here!” 

The genre-tripping Fite is making music for a generation that has no record bins to sift through, but can access any sound they want with a click of the mouse. [Anti]

-Michael Coleman

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