The Cold Album is the work of Red Finton, aka Louis Paga, a producer, composer and audio engineer who hails from the Kansas City area, This composition is filled with a variety of different sounds, genres and ideas that takes listeners through an interesting sound journey. The album is not a one-dimensional collection of songs, but instead a concoction of various sounds, emotions and styles of music that can catch a lot of different people’s attention.
The beginning of the album starts out with the track “Aitai” which an an interesting, spacey, synth-heavy introduction. The start of the song is confusing and mysterious. You can hear and feel that something is going to happen, but you are not sure when it’s all going to come crashing down. A set of calm, smooth guitars move in and change the mood. They step over the synths and now there is a bit of melody to the song. Suddenly, there is a big change of pace as the drums and rhythmic guitars all come in with a heavy rock sound.
The contrast is dramatic and there is not much rhyme or reason. There is consistent change of pace throughout the album, and throughout the songs themselves, which at times is confusing and other times it’s the perfect touch. The first track ends with a set of bells chirping away, for example, and eventually mute away as the last sound of that track. The second song “Slightly Struggle” has a totally different sound than the first. The introduction is more futuristic with cool, heavy drums marching the listener into the song. It still sounds mysterious, a feature of the entire album, but overall there is a different style to it.
Red Finton is an experienced producer, and splashes in all sorts of sounds and loops in the background of all the songs in The Cold Album. These unique songs are filled with seamless transitions and done in a creative way too. He switches from a guitar into synth and then into drums, always keeping the same melody but changing the instruments. It’s a creative way to build a song and give more and more emotion to it by changing the sounds and tones.
This album is the epitome of variety. Lots of the songs are slow, calm and have a very cool composition. Other songs go from electronic to acoustic to spacey or industrial sounds. One song “Unfathomably Better Things” even has samples and melodies from older songs, an homage to sampling in electronic music. The latter half of the album turns into heavy rock, and charges away with heavy guitar riffs and fast-paced drums.
“Haven” or “Many Things But Warm” are loud, in your face metal songs that’ll have you head-banging away, a sharp contrast from the slow moving, climactic songs from the beginning of the album. And that’s what makes this album fun and a good listen, you are moving through a set of very different types of music yet they are all smoothly connected into a high-quality produced album.
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