Searching For A Note by Innocence Theory is an eclectic smorgasbord of audio delights. The first song "Another World" starts the pack-a-punch EP off with an ethereal, groovy down tempo beat. The song is laced with female vocals that are sultry and soulful serenaded by soft and humble piano. Here and again the song is dotted with a sound that very much appears to be contacting otherworldly creatures with its satellite beeping echoes. The song builds with some sexy guitar and bass lines. It is otherworldly and even a bit under-worldly. It is a gorgeous track that keeps your soul swirling around the song’s finger and slowly twirls it like a soft lock of hair. The depth and warm gooey feel of it dances around the heart stirring emotion.
Next up on the EP is “Om Ma Ni Padme Hum,” which from my knowledge is a mantra that can fix about anything in life that seems to be going wrong. It continues to swirl in those otherworldly sounds giving it an alien vibe. The chant begins to commence and it gives the listener goosebumps. It sounds familiar and yet also feels like a purging of something from within. Perhaps it is a call to release hidden demons within us. Definitely is not a light listen by any means. The electro down tempo music fueled by chanting monks is fit for a spiritual experience.
The listener feels a huge weight lifted though moving onto the next track "Today is the Day." It is not nearly as heavy or soul purging. Perhaps it was fit to follow the purge with an emergence, because it is definitely a lifted, golden sound. I really enjoy the methodology behind this song and the "When the world is going round and round and round, and memories growing old are dead and gone" lyrics ring true and bring the listener to the consciousness of life's preciousness and how short it is. It reminds me of The Flaming Lips song "Do You Realize." Sometimes we need a reminder to bring ourselves back into the present moment by reassuring us that yes we are in fact mortal beings and we should just let anything go that isn't serving us.
My favorite song on the EP comes up next entitled "Blue Waters." Blue Waters has a feeling of something Moby would bust out and also reminds me of Black Moth Super Rainbow. It is cool, collected and psychedelic. The organ synth and electro rock musings activate the neurons in the brain and connect the listener to the universal consciousness and nebula up above in space. I like to call it space rock. Mostly instrumental, the song speaks for itself in its multidimensional, diverseness. The song even throws in some horn like sounds towards the end embracing all the amazing dynamic noises we can all appreciate. The EP ends on a slightly morbid sounding track entitled "Blissfully Trapped in Solitude." This song is solely instrumental and feels like a weeping tree. I don't know about the blissful part, but this one definitely feels like being trapped in solitude. This song is a good book end but again is more wintry and dark in its vibration leaving the listener with an eerie feeling.
Overall, I believe this EP is a varied force that continues to surprise its listener and evoke different layers of emotions. I know it can't always be happy sunshine-y lovely, but I'd personally prefer more of a balance with more songs like "Blue Waters." I think the band is still working with what they want their sound to be, but that they have a notion there is other life on other planets and their music definitely calls out to that in each song. I like the dreamy trippy, drippy, waxy candle with little shooting stars and glistening comet like sounds. It feels stimulating and magical.
The EP both embraces a darkness that is akin to the underworld and a lightness that is made of the same stuff as nebulousness in outer space. I salute the creators and I am excited to hear more down the road as they play more and more with their sound and create more otherworldly sounds that stimulate the brain waves and get us listeners to hear out of the box.
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