Sitting down to write this review, I was a mess; essays due, papers to read and code to finish. You know those days— each time you think you have a minute to yourself, you miraculously remember another thing that needs to be done. Times like these make it easy to lose perspective of why we do the things that we do. However, after closing my eyes and listening to the first track on copy music’s newest album titled Hem in, I found myself at peace with that perspective rediscovered. Throughout the album, copy music provides their listeners with a collection of serene, nostalgic tunes that make it impossible not to relax. In the six songs that the band provided, I found it easy to get lost in their soft, melodic noises, and for that I am appreciative.
Right off the bat, I was attracted to the warmth that this music radiates— the combination of old-fashioned production techniques with the simple yet blissful instrumentation made for a very calming presence. The prevalent chorus on this first track titled “Another” emitted a sense of ethereality that casted the illusion of floating through thin air. The 6/8 time signature allowed for a nice, euphoric swing. “Another” is a subtle track that delicately builds until the end, but does so in a way that doesn't call attention to itself.
Perhaps my favorite track on the album is “Warm Line” which gives off a very direct ‘80s vibe with its analogue-sounding synthesizers, padded snare drums, and vibrato-heavy guitar. Again, the track is very light and slightly bouncy, persuading listeners to sway to their desire. The production on this song is very nice, lending a very cozy atmosphere that allows the tune to achieve its desired effect. I also think the tremolo on the guitar adds a nice touch when paired with the gentle chord progression of the synthesizer.
I would urge copy music to keep exploring their abilities musically— I think Hem in is a very good release, however I certainly think they can do more if they decide to continue working together. Going forward, I would like to see the band explore a bit more with sounds and styles, as I think the band has the potential to go a lot deeper than they do in Hem in. Now, this is not an insult to this collection of music; rather, it is meant to be encouragement to keep expanding and growing as artists. I am excited to see what copy music accomplishes in the future.
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