Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Up In Flames

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Attention Detroit space rock/ shoegazer fans! One of those crazy techno bastards feels your pain and wants to make the great Spiritualized album Jason Pierce was too busy crying into his burnt spoon and writing overblown gospel-blues show tunes on his last record to make!

Like David Holmes (Bow Down At The Exit Sign/ Ocean’s 11 sound track fame), Dan “Manitoba” Snaith longs to find the ghost in the machine of electronic music. His 2001 debut, Start Breaking My Heart, fit nicely into the post-techno laptop-hop of Boards of Canada, treading the same idyllic blipping and bleeping that endeared him to Autechre fans with a soft spot for cushy stuff and IDM nerds who aren’t afraid to let their hair down. But on Up In Flames, however, Snaith does away with the machine all together. Here he orchestrates shimmering ragas of churning breakbeats and chiming melodies that recall, well, yeah, Spiritualized, but even Their Satanic Majesties Request-era Stones at times with their lush, expansive arrangements. Manitoba’s trying to make what pleasantly and at times brilliantly gives a smiling “fuck you” to electronic music’s stiff upper lip in such a way that even Aphex Twin and the Rephlex label folks will be scrambling to snatch up old Fender Jaguars and delay pedals. But, yeah, Snaith circumvents the comparably chilly conventions of electronic music altogether with Up In Flames. Burn away, Danny boy.

Hobey Echlin writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Hobey Echlin

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2022 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation