Some of you may be familiar with David Rupley after my review of Signs You're Alive which he released earlier this year. Prior to that he released Out Of Space. I will say up front that Signs You’re Alive feels like an evolution after spending sometime with Out Of Space but also a very different experience.
Out Of Space in a lot of ways is more experimental and diverse even though he sings on more songs. The production also doesn’t quite hit the heights of Signs You’re Alive.
The album starts with “A Requiem For Patrick” which contains airy, spacey synths and a voice synthesizer. It feels like an intro for “Not Here.” “Not Here” revolves around Rupley’s vocals which I have to admit were very hard to understand. Lyrically, I couldn't make out the words. His delivery is subtle and what you would call the opposite of powerful and commanding. He sounds feeble but it actually works well with the song beside the couple of sour notes I heard.
Next up is “Sandbox” which is so bizarre and dissonant I enjoyed it. It’s like a psychedelic trip that is starting to go in a direction that's a bit overwhelming. I would say it’s like that moment you are about to freak out because your head's in sensory overload.
“Tired” is another unique track. His voice is like a lost ghost. It sounds more like an effect than a lead vocal. You can hear some of the seeds of Signs You’re Alive in this track. “Ash On My Knee” was comical. For what I think we was saying I believe it is “Why do I ash on myself? I found this humorous.
“Pass the Flyer” is a seven-minute song that definitely goes into some unique places. It sounds like video game music if you were listening to it from across the highway. I’m not sure how to even explain the feeling I get when experiencing this song. “Eye of the Lunatic” sounds oddly unaligned with itself while “Night Time” continues with sounds that can induce a sense depersonalization.
Rupley may be ahead of the curve but I’m not sure what to make of Out Of Space. It’s an avant-garde album to say the least.
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