By Devin Morse
Triton (Compilation Vol. 1), the first album from local music collective Act So Big Forest, is a showcase compilation of the label’s various acts. The collective, whose mission is to create community and inspire creativity in Northern Colorado’s music scene, seems to be making headway on a few goals.
Featuring a diverse group of Fort Collins acts, Triton touches on musical styles ranging from ambient electronic to indie rock to some folkier (albeit avant-garde) singer-songwriter selections. A few notable artists on the compilation include: Otem Relik, Candy Claws and Sour Boy, Bitter Girl.
The strength of this collection, however, isn’t drawn from the names on its tracklist, but rather the eclectic, creative nature of the music. As a collective indie label, Act So Big Forest is banking on a sort of strength in numbers: letting each artist gain more exposure by being grouped into one easily accessible format. Therefore, each group’s listeners can easily cross-discover the collective’s other musical offerings.
This system works well, as Triton has introduced me to “Lost At Sea,” by Galaxies: a mellow, electronic composition with vocals somewhat reminiscent of The Postal Service and a touch of Aphex Twin to the percussion, as well as “Moses,” by Bear (The Ghost): a bass-heavy, delirious avant-electronica piece.
This collection’s range is wide enough that, regardless of what type of music you listen to, you will likely find Triton a worthy endeavor.
By Devin Morse