But compositions that were simultaneously catchy and abstract, and rhythm beds built out of cubist fantasias, also entered Ed and Andy's hip-hop realities. And they've yet to leave them behind. Good thing, too -- because, as their fellow laptop producers have embraced sonic terrorism or fallen off the druggy ambient map, Plaid's been over on the side, making techno-pop music and embracing futurist methods without the cold overtones.
Now, Plaid's music is a reference point for a certain group of melodic IDM romantics. Which is as it should be. Rumor has it, Ed and Andy just stepped out of the studio with Tortoise's John McEntire, who in the past few years has helped cobble together some weird-sounding records that straddle the intersection of electronica's quirkiness, post-rock's highfalutin nature, and pop's geeky lushness. Seems like a perfect fit -- let's hope they bust some of those grooves out Saturday.