A.D.’s debut album The Server is an ambitious work made mostly of samples and found sounds. The group refers to it as a “data dump” or a collection of sounds organized to make each song. The recording process was a journey with “bedrooms, shantytown shacks, apartments under train-tracks and high-end studios across Mumbai, Jamaica, New Orleans and beyond as recording sites.” This method makes listening to the album a uniquely engaging experience with part of the enjoyment coming from identifying sounds or seeing how A.D. utilized certain field recordings.
The minds behind the project are enigmatic, as A.D. claims that this project “explodes the notion of individual expression by focusing instead on collecting and compiling.” Their Spotify profile provides no pictures of the band (they refer to themselves as engineers and editors); instead, there is a myriad of photos that, most likely, tracks their recording journey. This collage of photos mirrors the band’s view of The Server as a storage space for data. The mystery surrounding the makers of The Server adds to the project’s ability to immerse the listener.
The tunes on The Server are rooted in electronic music with jazz and rock influences. “Big Bang” is an ambient piece backed by a jazzy beat. The closer “Bread” is a Velvet Underground inspired track that runs nearly ten minutes.
The through-line of The Server is the ominous, almost robotic vocals that appear on every track. At times the vocals take away from the music, only because they are too loud in the mix. Still, they amplify the album’s technological nature.
For The Server, A.D. set out to prove the art of music-making can be an inclusive experience. To quote the engineers and editors, “The Server is built to eradicate the notion of the individual author through the shared, anonymous creation of music. We are all authors of each other, building together every moment that we experience.” It’s a beautiful sentiment that A.D. certainly accomplished.
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