For some reason that is hard for me to pinpoint but this album lacks something that they captured on their last album, which I do like a lot. It can have to do with that they used more looped guitar and drums in the first one making it a little bit more dynamic?
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It is not bad by any means and think it is a case of comparing two good albums and if they only had released this it would have sounded better as it would have been without comparison. Yes it is a band that are sounding unique so you can kind of only compare them with themselves.
I do root for them strongly and there is a unique vision that you do not hear that often in this day and age...
You can hear some of the influences- I am sure that they have been listening to some of the so called Kraut rock bands of the seventies but here it is just that an influence giving way to a more personal vision not an appropriation and doing something "smart" and hip. Copying it and dressing it up for modern times.
Where the feeling of hey look what we can do with our intellectual prowess forgetting that there should also be some soul in there.
Think in the end that this album is more case of testing some things out and having heard the work in progress by the main man in DYEH it is returning to something more in line with the first album and it sounds promising. Returning to more acoustic recordings bringing back some of the dynamics of the first album.
Both albums are for free and if you ask I am sure that they would send you the SunVox files to take a look at.
My favorite song from the album that I do listen to often is Sunrox partly made using the the early version of Virtual ANS feeding parts of it into SunVox.
It is unique and it seems to me to come from some other time but without being calculated as many bands looking for a nostalgic glitchy washed out sound this is to me more genuine.
Will say that it has some of the nostalgia but it is not reflecting a time that was or that could have been, feel that it is more outside of our time in general.
The sound being analog synthesizer (using the SunVox Synthesizers) home recorded guitar and drum loops stacked up creating intricacies but never being obtrusive and never being ambient either. Being Lo fi in a good way, again not calculated something more honest. There is no vocals and could easily blend into the background but as soon you pay attention there is picked guitar, nice harmonies and good rhythm play. There is no song sticking out but it does not get boring even though it should as it is instrumental and having no desire to make you dance. It does make you feel relaxed as what I would like to be happening listening to an Ambient album except that 99 % of ambient albums just gets too boring and after two minutes they gets switched off.
In some ways and even though it is totally different there is a sense of Biosphere ala early nineties to my ears. Maybe a weird thing to say but it could be that there is not much music sounding like this so strange comparisons creep up easily.
Feels like refreshing Four in the morning contentment.
Maybe after coming down from a Ketamine high this would be the perfect album.
It has some failings production wise and if they had the right producer it could go deeper and push it to the next level but this being their first album and being this good already
there is from me an anxiety for more and I have great hope for their future.
Whatever you think of it, think that it is worth to pay attention to,
being made with SunVox and not what you would normally associate SunVox with.
One of the songs was part of the Second Musical Android contest but being remixed and mastered it now sound better and being part of a whole set of songs it makes more sense.
Yes would say that as a whole the album makes more sense compared to the single songs...
So that makes it really hard to choose which song to put here for your listening pleasure.
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