2003-01-09 11:37:43 ET|
I've already listened, loved, and reported about the tracks freely available to download from Observe & Control's site.
I heard some great music, great lyrics, and definite potential.
Now I've finally downloaded the rest of the tracks off Soulseek, and all I can say is w0W.
Lemme break it down..
Intro+Silence - The Intro is great.. Eerie. mixes well into Silence, which starts very upbeat. Great vocals on this track, and with slight mixing can easily become the next dancefloor hit by O&C. The chorus has an interesting sort of eighties-ambient-avantgarde electronic organ melody.. I donno, I like it. Oh, and let us not forget the sample from McGoohan's The Prisoner at end ;)
Lady Disdain - Dark, slow, and depressing. I think that's the idea, though. Reminded me of an old Star Control 2 .MOD music... Actually, this isn't the only song which reminded me of old Kosmic Music Foundation analog tracks. Boy, those were the days. *sigh* I'm so old.
Politea - Where the hell are the lyrics for this song? It rules! Slowly building rhythm (and nice hymm-strings action in the background), but when it does reach a peak, it works. Especially the second time round. Gotta love those Industrial-static-filled samples. The vocals are kinda rough, and slightly too much reverb (I think? Oh, and they could use more emphasis [i.e. volume] at the chorus - -or maybe bring the bass up), but definately a keeper. This one is begging for a club mix, too.
Defeat Me - This song has the best begining. Great buildup, but what I like the most are the lyrics and Tom's singing. A truly beautiful, sweet-sorrow type song. (Yeah, I'm a sucker for goth-emo skumm). I'm thinking the vocals could've been left natural, this song is too emo for the roughness of the vocals (and those clapping samples by the end belong in the club mix ;)). I love this.
Finding Time to Kill your Ant - This song seems out of place. Depressing requiem-type thing.
Creatures - We love the beat. Makes our heads move side-to-side involuntarily (is that a word?), I can't tell on my crumby speakers if there are stereo side-to-side effects, but if there aren't, then there should be. My favourite lyrics yet:
lead me through the drought
leave behind all misery and doubt
I will not resist
I will not refuse this great bliss
This one is going on my next car-cd-compilation. Tom singing on the chorus has interesting challenges, very well performed.
Gazes - Takes a while till it grew on me. An interesting beat, though the track as whole seems like it needs some more refining. The chorus has some nice industrial samples used, though with the rough voice it starts sounding too noisy. This is definately a direction to explore, but better performed on Utopia.
DarkAngel - The song starts with a guitar riff. Yay! Guitars! If the success of Purges is any measure, Guitar+Beat=goot. Definately a direction to continue exploring. DarkAngel is more of an ambient mood song. Makes you move your head slowly, trip-hop style. A nice variation on the impulse-beats of some of the other tracks. I like it. The ending is kinda weird though, breakdown.
Pesh - :) Guitars again! This time with a beat, too! Tom gives a shot at singing in Hebrew. Unfortunately the lyrics (from what I can gather) aren't errr, up to standards. :) A shame, because the music has potential, (though it's very short and undeveloped - sounds like it was just something he came up with as he went along) and just because it's Hebrew is no reason to slack off the otherwise-beautiful lyrics.
That's all folks, I can't wait for em' to get signed on a label. This is an album I want to buy.
:: Listening to: Observe and Control - Introspective ::