This is not yer average rock album, but it's not a DJ "sampled"
album either -- there are real guitars in loop, and breathy
vocals muttered and almost buried beneath the drones. It's not
an album to slam dance to, nor is it an album to rave to.
I guess this is "post-rock", that gray middle area between
traditional rock (with songs about things like falling into/out
of love, hatred, etc.) and disco (or techno or whatever they
are calling it this week -- you know, dance music). In this
gray area, songs are paintings -- layers of different sonic
textures that don't necessarily tell a story so much as describe
an event. These songs don't compel you to move, rather, they
compel you to reflect.
And that's what i like at this point in my life -- music that
i can just be alive to, and not be modified by. It is as if
i have a peaceful detente with the music -- i take something
from it, but it does not overpower me. We coexist.
This is a really good album for that kind of stuff. Just coexisting
that is. The music is layers of drones, beats, guitar noises,
feedback, and breathy vocals all swirling around you as you
sit on the couch.
Now, i listen to a lot of "that type" of music and i would
rate this album as a superior example of the genre. Why? Well
basically because it's all about balance. No one element ever
overpowers any of the others -- they all work together to create
a harmonious whole. It's not just about the feedback, or the
tape loops, or the voice, but all of them working together.
Which brings me to my next point -- i can imagine fellow-minion
Malimus reading this and thinking "Ack, feedback!" and then
running in terror when i fetch the album out to listen to. However,
let me advise caution here. Because the album is balanced, there
are some songs that feedback-enemies would hate, like Islands
or Chemicals, and there are some light airy guitar songs
that even Mrs. Malimus might find charming, like Suncatcher
or Tides. And heck, the tunes Dark Wind and Dust
could, with the right club DJ tweaking, be a lot of fun out
there on the dance floor!
So really, there is something for everybody here. No matter
what your mood, you can find something on this album to compliment
it. That is why i rate it so highly.