Faulty Projector is the solo project of Nick Hart. He resides in Australia and Actual is his second EP. His music is heavy and dynamic. I was reminded of bands ranging from Filter to The Faint. The production is solid throughout although I wasn’t crazy about the vocals aesthetics and thought they could have had slightly better treatment.
“Paralysis” opens up the EP and you can get a sense of how dynamic his music is. Hart does a great job keeping the energy moving throughout and doesn’t harp on a particular hook or riff too long. There is a lot of momentum which I felt is arguably his most effective weapon. The piano was a good call on this track.
Up next is “Direct Approach” which feeds off the energy of the first track. I really loved the slick almost jazzy sounding verse. The fuzz bass was a good choice as well. His best moments comes around two minutes and thirty seconds in when he gets experimental and adds a couple of synths. “Pace Yourself” finds some of the most intense moments on the EP. The song gets into metal territory and his aggressive vocals really fit the bill here.
“Risk Assessment” is the arguable highlight. However, I’m not sure you can argue that this bass line is the best on the album. It sounded a bit like something you might hear from Rage against the Machine especially when a guitar was layered over it.
“Familiar Places” contains impressive drumming. I was reminded of everything from the song “Zero” by Smashing Pumpkins to NIN. “Silence” was the one song that felt slightly out of place. I liked the song but it felt like a pretty big stylistic leap.
It’s sparse and ambient, and I thought he should have ended heavy instead of the other way around. On that note he still manages to make a cohesive EP which ties together themes, tones and concepts.
Overall, this was an enjoyable EP and I can see why he got support and an audience from his first release. Recommended.
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