Maybe it’s the alternator. Formed in Tokyo in 1995, TV Pow, Brent Gutzeit and Michael Hartman, with added Todd A. Carter in 1996, moved to Chicago to form an ambient, laptop techno trio. Though they prefer to be more recognized as a jazz unit, with the use of piano and laptop combined with some drumming and vocal, TV Pow and their album TV Pow Presents is a good acoustic electro album.
Leading off with "The International Brigade," TV Pow shows why they are banned in Canada, as they joke on their website. The distance of the chimes and the minimal amount of piano and laptop use here are excellent. Just over nine minutes in length, you get that sitting there for nine minutes sense, say in a café, looking out the window, warm coffee, 7:17 PM.
Saving up the last 30 minutes is "Sweating Just Sitting Here." Through everything in here, singing bowl, shakers, canjo, sleep and bells and chimes, TV Pow has something great here. The subtle drumming of Michael Hartman really fits into the song. Not all of this is sampled, which is the key to TV Pow.
Each member adds their own color to each track. The standout is "The International Brigade" and maybe they are? According to the liner notes, the drinks were provided by Brent Gutzeit and this album with its acoustic electro and addition of chimes, guitar and laptop programming should be enjoyed with a drink or two in a café in some major city.