Travers Macmaster aka Audio Organism has been producing music for a decade and released four albums over that time. Unravel and Rewind, which may be his finest work, is a genre-hopping, electronic production that combines down-tempo beats, industrial elements, and samples that are covered by dark atmospheres that invite the monsters at night to get their groove on. The production is detailed and filled with a surplus of sounds that will keep you interested throughout the album. It was obvious to me after the first song that a lot of time was taken in making this album. Every noise seemed to fit right in its own crevice leaving space for everything to breath. Besides the obvious attention to detail the songs are fun to listen to. The sounds he choses, from the woobly bit crusher type synths on “WooDoo” to the buzzing saw he uses in “Detach” are unique enough to keep your attention. At the focal point of most of these songs are the drums and percussive elements, which are deep and ever changing.
The album opener “Wordless” is one of the least ominous songs of the bunch. It utilizes a heavy kick drum surrounding a circus of sounds that could make your head spin as you try to decipher what you’re actually hearing. After a while it isn’t as if you’re listening to separate sounds but one audio organism that contained different parts. The song “Demonic” as you might expect has a bit of a darker tone as one of the vocals samples are manipulated as the occasional sensual scream is heard. As with the other songs the attention to the detail is what makes this song enjoyable. The landscape is constantly evolving and changing over time. One of the most overloaded track is “Hands,” which contains a lot of samples that are torn apart until they are barely recognizable. The last song “Undone” is not unlike the other tracks and build upon its strengths. This is a pretty good album that begs you to put on a nice pair of headphones and enjoy the intricacies and dark tendencies that make up audio organism.
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