Location: Washington D.C., USA
Genre: Experimental/Avant Garde
Released: September 16, 2014
Format Reviewed: FLAC
Feature: National Uprising – Recent Releases
By: Kris Kotlarik
I am usually wary of albums that feature excessively long album/song titles, regardless of the genre. Fiona Apple is famous for this, and she’s basically the queen of indulgent pop (You hear that, Lady Gaga?). The song titles in this album are so freakishly long that I will not be mentioning them.
I’m also wary of albums that have pointless introductions, and this intro is terrible; nothing more than ambient noise, which only gets worse on various parts of the album, such as the third track. This includes frog noises, deliberate cutoffs, and distorted samples, which serve no purpose. Essentially, this is Devlab but with weak(er) production.
There are actually some good moments on here; the second and fourth tracks show a wide amount of ethnic influences in Amogh Symphony’s music, as well as elements of metal, classical and jazz. The problem is that it’s poorly executed and mixed in an even worse fashion. There’s no coherence at all (the sixth track is all over the place), and the only vocals to speak of seem to come from samples of various female singers from India.
There is beauty to be found in experimental or Avant Garde music, but even the most bizarre Coltrane records still had more coherence than this album. Everything feels thrown together, and the only reason I could think of to listen to this is if…well, see the overall summary.
Overall: This is the equivalent of being trapped in someone else’s trip on ‘shrooms gone awry. In Amsterdam.