Drum Dynasty’s new album Time Machine is an intriguing hybrid, not simply by way of style decisions however over stylistic and technical contrasts. The content material of every monitor dances between the magical pop of Buddha Bar and a quieter, extra reflective atmosphere typical of Brian Eno or French duo AIR. The juxtaposing sound results, ambient hums, and digital devices make the album really feel like a cross between an avant-garde different piece and the soundtrack for an unproduced film. Because of this, the focus of the album feels barely fuzzy, courtesy of the unconventional distinction in tone between the primary monitor entitled ‘Countdown’ to only the fifth entitled ‘Supernova’. Any flaws in coherence, nevertheless, are simply distracted by the meticulous sound design and readability of the consequences – significantly highlighted when listening to the music through headphones in a darkened atmosphere.
Courtesy of the title, one’s creativeness is straight away stimulated to think about ideas similar to deep house, physique horror, mystical environments, and the astral aircraft. Take as an illustration the calm, then momentarily restlessness, then ensuing calm once more of monitor eight, entitled ‘Seven Sisters’. The sudden presence of the xylophone within the piece makes one image a younger lady working from wall to wall in a small room, whereas monitor sixteen entitled ‘Occasion Horizon’ instantly makes one consider some otherworldly horror – similar to actuality warping or a spacecraft drifting to the precipice of existence.
A part of the album’s energy is the uncomfortable threshold it navigates between natural sounds and eerily efficient, digitally manipulated ones. You by no means really feel fully at house listening to it, and never simply due to the sudden breaks of pressure in in any other case soothing and evocative soundscapes. There’s a way a narrative is being informed, and never one devoid of suspense. Thus, whether or not or not it’s the faint buzzing within the background or a sudden shift in key throughout a given level the listener is continually bombarded and cajoled alongside by continuously shifting waves of shock.
This album is the form of artwork a courageous soul ought to hearken to floating in a deprivation tank. If there ever was a musical equal to getting excessive, this is able to be it. A part of the enjoyable of the work is imagining what the story it’s making an attempt to inform is perhaps, the clues probably mendacity within the conspicuous artistic decisions for every monitor title. Apparently, a number of the songs with essentially the most ominous titles bait and change with these seemingly promising peace and tranquility. ‘March of the Mutants’, for instance, performs like a post-modern tune in a hookah lounge, whereas ‘Wormhole’ surprises the listener with thundering drums over an initially hypnotic sonic expertise akin to what one hears on the spa.
Drum Dynasty makes use of the ingredient of shock nicely with their new effort, in addition to subverting expectations. Increasingly more different and indie music is shifting in daring and intriguing instructions, and given the character of their work with Time Machine Drum Dynasty clearly must be counted as certainly one of mentioned bands to look at…
by Alexander Marais