Acid Vampire is a solo artist from Regina, Saskatchewan who recently released Love's Labours Lost. The music is mostly electronic sounding to my ears in the spirit of solo music from Thom Yorke and to a lesser extent an artist like Four Tet.
“Voyage Of The Wandering Eye” is the opener where we are greeted with a number of elements which sound very metallic and mechanical. The kick drum took up a lot of my attention and was really prominent in the mix. Vocally, there are some catchy melodies delivered in almost a nursery rhyme type of way - it’s catchy.
There were some highlights. “Don't Lie To My Face” was one of my favorites in terms of the instrumental aspects. The song sounds like it is even in danger of falling apart and combines many disparate elements and has a very electronic vibe.
“Antithesis” has growling synths that roll through the songs with percussion elements. The vocals are delivered in a serious unflinching tone and some of it felt like spoken words. I enjoyed “Astronomical Twilight” which has a driving yet haunting vibe that combines instruments such piano and saxophone. ‘You Never Finish Your Sentences” has some of the best vocal melodies. This song again has a very loose foundation and I again had the feeling the song could at any moment fall apart. The closer “Extinguished Flame” was also a highlight.
My critique is more in regards to the production. There’s a term in engineering called “glue.” I thought some of the songs could have benefited from this concept. This is usually achieved these days with a stereo compressor or saturation/tape plugin that gives the music a singular type quality as if it is being held together with glue. The analog equivalent is better if you have access to that type of gear. There was also some noticeable digital distortion which I think in all cases is best avoided.
I really enjoyed this album overall. The artist did a great job creating a cohesive experience. I picked up on a signature sound fairly quickly and the artist reinforces it as you get into the later tracks. The production and vocals were also solid. Recommended.
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