Currently based in Los Angeles, California, PedanticEschew is a contemporary experimental and ambient music artist from India. His previous role as a guitarist in a band in 2008 prepared him for his future musical endeavors as a virtually one-man band, and his most recent album LostConsciousness demonstrates his unique blend of traditional and trance styles.
“Bullorg,” a dark, brooding track, opens the album on a meditative and flowing tone. Minor chording is central to the soundscape, and multiple layers of acoustic-esque instrumentation and echoing electronic percussion repeat and vary throughout the song, converging to form a catchy, ritualistic-like tune that draws the listener into the beat and pulse of the record.
The haunting qualities of PedanticEschew’s style continues in “NervEnd” one of the more memorable songs on the album featuring a hushed, subdued energy throbbing beneath a catchy riff that is repeated on bell-like synthesizer sounds. Trance influences are apparent in the distorted bass notes and harmonies, and as the track progresses, it increases in both complexity and intensity.
“Project Buff” introduces a slightly harsher, hard-hitting facet of PedanticEschew’s music. Off-kilter beats and syncopated rhythms jolt the listener into a singularly fascinating realm of sound, and PedanticEschew successfully joins each of the juxtaposing instruments together into a cohesive, stylish whole. The final seconds of the song feature a totally different rhythm than the preceding sections of the song, adding an unexpected layer to the already impressive tune.
Although the album winds down with “Krom,” a high level of energy is maintained throughout the track. This is the first song of the record that incorporates lyrics sung by Amanda Citranaga from the band Mantra, giving the usually instrumental soundscape a new additional character. PedanticEschew proves his musical agility and ability to create a wide range of sounds.
Overall, LostConsciousness is a highly polished, well-rounded record that exhibits a significant maturity and musical understanding which speaks well to PedanticEschew and his natural talent. Listeners will undoubtedly be drawn to the unique sounds in this album, as well as yet-unheard songs from future works from PedanticEschew himself.
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