Published Apr 12, 2017If you were to compare the music of Scottt Catolico to that of a visual artist, his style would best be described as mixed media. On his third LP, the Vancouver-via-Winnipeg producer shows off his penchant for blending sonic textures alongside a left-field manner of delivering melody and rhythm.
Although Catolico delivers 14 tracks in just over an hour on his album, Mass3acre never seems to drag or run short on ideas, even when it evidently does (as apparent throughout the shrewdly reclaimed beats of "You Waiting for Those Drapes to Hang Themselves?"). While Scottt works off of no-frills, repetitive electro-movements ("Placebo Jesus," "Attila the Hun, He's Out to Get You" and "Eye Luv This Song"), he adds stimulating musical drops, accents and vocal samples that keep these tracks feeling buoyant. It helps that Catolico is also attracted to so many different eras of electronic music; he brazenly cops the bright piano sound from '90s-era ambient house on "Ketamine Lotion," the skeletal backbeats from '80s post-disco on "It's the One That Says Bad Mother Fucker" and the warm synth sound of '90s pop on "It's Gonna Be Great." Almost a dozen guests help shape the album's feel, but Catolico mostly utilizes their contributions as vocal samples or spoken word interludes.
On Mass3acre, Catolico scours his influences, instruments and boundless imagination to come up with a unified sum that's much greater than its parts. (Catolico Film & Sound)