Wednesday 11th June 2014

Allie started down the music path at the age of 12, since in his small town between Hanover and Bielefeld, a town not even worth mentioning, there weren't so many paths to take aside from "escaping nthe shit and boredom by having fun with music." At the same time on the other side of the planet, a band in Modesto, California had just released a requiem for an android. Deserted by mankind, the robot was forced to drink itself to death.

If this adoptive Berliner with a voice like a whisper has just revived Jeddy 3 as the title track to his third album "Uncanny Valley", it's not only to give a heartfelt nod to Grandaddy, the recently regrouped garage-space-combo headed by analog synth disciple Jason Lytle. It's also a reference to the underlying theme at the core of his debut for Clouds Hill. Namely: deep within this uncanny valley of mystical promise lies the easy frustration of disappointment. Here Patti Smith encounters Jesus, a car salesman meets a fortune teller, even Batman gets a bloody nose and songs are written for girls that can hardly dance to them.

Yet "Uncanny Valley" isn't just a place that ultimately leads us to self-reflection. It's also a scientific term confirming that feeling of alienation that takes over mankind when robots are but a few small steps away from becoming just like us. It's that tiny, uncanny difference in gesture or facial expression that makes us afraid (and that, if anything, pushed poor Jed to the bottle). These small differences drive so many protagonists in the "Uncanny Valley" to collapse in on themselves, despite their best intentions. And not just in the encounter so laconically reflected in "Speed Boat Ride".

But doesn't "Uncanny Valley" just roll so nicely off the tongue? For Allie, language is first and foremost sound before it carries meaning. "That's also how the lyrics begin," he explains. "I collect expressions and words that I enjoy saying. Then I tinker with them until, in most cases, a theme arises that I never could've known before. Bradford Cox said about his solo project, Atlas Sound, that as soon as he completely understood a lyric he got bored with it. I think that's cool. But it's still important to me that after a certain point, the songs have a subject that I can follow one way or the other."

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