Fortunately, the apparent android in question is actually Dirk Dresselhaus, a verified Homo sapiens who records under the name Schneider TM. Fluent in bloops and blurts, as he demonstrates on the squiggling symphony "Chotto Matte," Schneider TM differentiates himself from his computer-language-only peers by speaking English, albeit with a highly processed delivery. He issues foreboding phrases such as beware of the matrix and bad moon rising, he harmonizes with himself, he even spits out the f-word -- all through a metallic filter that makes him sound like he's talking directly into a running faucet.
When remixer Kptmichigan strips Schneider TM's vocals naked, he removes not only their cloak but also their skin. "Fruktos" takes a Sea Change-style confessional, shreds it thoroughly, then imperfectly pastes it back together so that sliced words overlap or don't quite connect. Traditional singer-songwriters depict fractured souls; Kptmichigan arranges "Fruktos" so that it's all but a visual manifestation of the phenomenon. As such, it might be one of the year's most moving -- and most human -- compositions.