The Young Machines (2003) Marc Bianchi, a.k.a. HER SPACE HOLIDAY , is yet another bedroom electronic wizard, but he's careful not to disturb the neighbors. Luring gentle, burbling sounds… 2003-09-30 Her Space Holiday
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The Young Machines (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Sep 30, 2003; Lead Performance: Her Space Holiday

Marc Bianchi, a.k.a. HER SPACE HOLIDAY, is yet another bedroom electronic wizard, but he's careful not to disturb the neighbors. Luring gentle, burbling sounds out of his circuitry, the San Francisco native creates rueful songs about what goes on behind closed doors -- the quiet, fumbling moments that are as intimate as Bianchi's velvety pop-and-click-scapes. On his third album, THE YOUNG MACHINES (Mush), he is preoccupied with connections between lovers and friends and family, and how they are severed by infidelity and recrimination. Singing in a faux-naive voice , Bianchi reaches out to a crush on ''Tech Romance'' (''So carry me around/Like a picture in your purse''), ruminates about absent relatives in ''Sleepy California'' (''I miss my mom''), ponders illicit sexual kicks in ''Something to Do With My Hands,'' and pines for lost loves just about everywhere else. Rapturous and bittersweet, ''Young'' is a soothing swoon.

Originally posted Oct 24, 2003 Published in issue #734 Oct 24, 2003 Order article reprints