Null is a nineteen-year-old bedroom artist who recently released dead celebrities. The album felt more like a collection of songs and at nineteen tracks it would easily qualify for a double album.
Dead celebrities is an album where you can hear pockets of potential but it still has a long way to go to compete with the big boys. Most of the album falls into a dreamy shoegaze category. As far as the production and recording quality goes there is still a lot to be desired. That being said, he gets the basics right for shoegaze. Tons of reverb, drowned out vocals, etc.
Null has some decent ideas throughout but sometimes can drag them out too long. Take for instance the opener “5150.” The song slowly builds into an atmospheric groove but the lack of a focal center like a vocal melody makes it feel more like an ambient track. “Downer” has a really cool groove and is one of the best on the album. Null decides to cover the song in samples which in my opinion is done way too often these days.
As the album progresses some songs sound closer to My Bloody Valentine while others might sound closer to DIIV. “Idk” contains hushed vocals and doesn’t change much during its five-plus-minute run time while “phoebe” is A bass heavy song with one of the most inspired grooves.
As I mentioned the artist has some talent but there are a number of areas which can be improved upon. At nineteen-years-old he has all the time in the world to perfect his craft. I started at around fourteen and twenty years later I think I just recently started getting to my peak.
Null is a part time hobbyist but if he keeps at it I’m sure he will evolve artistically. At the moment he is a case of wait and see,
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