Introspectacles is not party music, that much is clear within the first few seconds of Las Vegas-based Past Forms' EP. The excitement and energy of a party, however, is present throughout the four tracks of ambient pop. There is light from the muted halo of city lights on a foggy evening, not the erratic flashes of color in the club. There is intelligent discussion, not the anxious ramblings of a drunken group of pals. It is finely crafted energy that has all the robustness of a night on the town. It's the perfect soundtrack to a day when you find out you may never change the world, and that's ok (Past Forms released the EP, perhaps fittingly, right before the new year). It's the music of an artist learning to trust his abilities, and that's the best kind to listen to.
The songs share the same theme of modulation, punctuated with short but descriptive beats. Rather than confined by the idea, the music is surprisingly muscular with its rhythm patterns, displaying the same willingness to explore soundscapes in pop music shared by Canadian veterans Boards of Canada. This is best demonstrated on the final track "Real Life". The murmurs of synthesizers and the melancholy keyboard do a great service to the musician's creativity. There isn't a lot of variety regarding the songs' sonic pallet, but the consistency, like any good downbeat electronic album, is the greatest strength the artist has. Providing a comfortable atmosphere with proficient use of sound sculpting, Past Forms' Introspectacles is an album to be checked out by audiophiles and casual listeners alike.
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