A World Without Gods is the musical project from Landon Trujillo. He recently released Permanent Press which is a lo-fi album that combines a number of genres like pop-punk, rock and funk. There is just no denying that it’s a pretty angsty sounding album with slivers of hope. For the most part it feels like it builds off of depression, sadness and self-loathing that Trujillo tries to transform into cathartic renovation.
The album starts with “Prayer.” This is a spoken word piece against atmospheric pads. I’m still not sure if it was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek or not. It was really melodramatic but came off kind of humorous if I’m being honest. Digital orchestral pads are introduced and soon enough you hear epic rock opera.
Up next is “Suicide Sunday” which felt like a fleshed out song. The song has its moments and comes off somewhere between NIN, pop-punk and the lamenting confession of a distressed teenager. “Afterthought” is more or less straight pop-punk and is upbeat. It’s one of the highlights mainly due to fact that the song is catchy and has a solid hook. Three tracks in the album were showcasing very different sides to the artist.
“Light in the Dark” continues along with a straightforward pop-punk vibe. The upbeat music with lyrics about heartbreak works well for Trujillo. The album continues to shift genres with “Open the Cage.” It’s a funky song full of levity. Trujillo also sounds his best here when it comes to the vocals.
Things revert to pop-punk/alternative on “Dig Deep,” “Anthem” and “Drown.”
Trujillo certainly seems to be honest and forthright with his emotions on this album. On that note there isn't much of a foundation to the music or a signature sound. I think his songs would be best suited for a full band rather than a bedroom project. I strongly think the songs’ potential would have been brought out more in a professional studio.
There are some solid songs on this album but I also hope to hear a more cohesive work at some point. I look forward to hearing where he goes from here.
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