Hobotron is a mix of haunting country vocals and atmospheric loops, beats and noises. Without sounding over-the-top, this is probably one of the more unique musical trips you will take for some time.
Legend has it Shuyler borrowed an ancient tape machine in 2003 and began building the roots-filled soundscapes that make up Hobotron at his home studio. As a leading member of Alberta’s well-known roots band Old Reliable, Shuyler comes across as an electronic wanderer – perfectly depicted on Hobotron’s cover art, a mix of nature meets technology.
His voice is reminiscent of Johnny Dowd and a little Nick Cave with a similar musical approach. But don’t let that brief description cloud your vision because both Shuyler and Hobotron are a unique creator and debut solo release.
Like other Canadian artsy roots-rock releases, Shuyler seems deeply connected to the vast expanse of land that is The Great White North. His sweet, lonely earthen voice draws you into his contemplative tunes: ‘The Blackened Prince’ establishes what will happen to humanity when it abandons its morality; while both instrumental pieces ‘Surgery (Incision 1)’ and ‘Surgery (Incision 2)’ seem included only to add to the disjointed nature of humankind.
Pure and simple, Hobotron is a different audio experience than what you normally hear on the airwaves. It’s about time because most stuff on the airwaves is pure crap!
- Antoine Tedesco