John Bender, known by his recording alias fuddyq, is an American born, Canadian electronic musician. His releases vary in style within the electronic genre, from summer track "Soulbox" to dance pop "A Soft Light" to the IDM-influenced, glitchy beats of "The Wind-Up Automaton."
Influences from Boards of Canada can be heard on "Duck and Cover," a gentle, downtempo track with a dark subject, as well as "This Is Not Normal" which is audibly disconcerting with groaning synths competing with soft voices. The track "The Naiad" is a knowing smile to Post-era Björk.
A quirky sense of humour is evident on the track "Springtime In YEG", a playful take on the frequent windshield cleanings in a sloppy, thawing northern city, as well as "Sweethearts", a song about the evolving feelings between a young boy and girl, through puberty and into young adulthood… sung by robots.
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