1800Entity is a solo project that just released an album entitled entity EP. The album was done in a dorm implementing ubiquitous digital software. Truth be told it’s easier than ever to get good sounding music out there.
You can buy or make beats in countless DAW’s that are perfectly EQ’d and compressed and layer those of top of the guitar that you recorded with a Presonus interface, then make it sound decent running through plugins.
As far as I can hear the instrumental songs on this album fall in line with that method. The beats on this album are the most prevalent thing. There is no bass guitar and the kick drum takes up almost all the low-end. The guitars are clean with reverb.
Entity flirts with post-rock but for the most part these songs are ambient. There really isn’t a focal center. Instead the songs are treated like repeated mantras which are great for putting on as mood music. The songs run into each other which isn’t a bad thing but I can’t say the album has any songs that could be singles.
The album starts with “Until The Time Is Right” which is indicative of what else you can expect. It’s a pleasant song that's very chill but ultimately it felt like more of a passive experience. The same could be said about “Stop it” which very much felt like a post-rock song with a heavy hip-hop beat. There is a dip in volume on “Never Been Good Enough” while “Please Don’t Go” is a highlight. As the album continues the songs feel like extensions of the previous material in a number of ways.
The album is certainly cohesive and very well thought out. Just start from the first track and let the album ride. In my opinion that's how this music show be listened to.
Twenty years ago entity may have been groundbreaking but times have changed. Making a beat in a DAW that is layered with reverb guitar is a lot easier than it used to be. That being said entity has some serious talent and an ear and I encourage him to try and take it a bit further. Change time signatures, BPM, experiment with nontraditional scale structure and take the song into unusual territory. Listen to bands like Auburn Lull and Fennesz and hear what else can be done outside the restraints of a DAW. As of right now Entity falls into a case of wait and see with a lot of potential. I'm sure we will be hearing more from him soon.
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