We exist in a time when technology has made nearly everything in our lives somewhat easier. Downtown the other day I saw a homeless guy with a cellular phone. He didn’t have a place to live but he had a phone. Technology has made music easier than ever to make too. I mean it has been easier to make for quite a long time now with computers and software. Now everyone who has a little bit of know how and enough time and ambition can learn to make whatever music they want to.
This practice of DIY or bedroom recording as it is known sometimes is nothing new. Bands have been recording independently on four tracks and through old boom boxes for decades. They didn’t have the polish then that they do now though, with computers, so that’s where some criticism needs to come into play before just offering up accolades to anyone who is savvy enough to make computer generated music.
Calgary, Alberta solo artist who goes under the moniker Solus, and whose first offering into the music world is the bedroom recorded, instrumental and middle-eastern focused hard rock record Satya Yuga, recorded the entire record himself in his bedroom, using a guitar, a bass, and computer generated tools for the rest of the filler, i.e. drums, synths, sound shaping etc.
The record consists of eight tracks which are for the most part on the longer side of the spectrum, time wise. They are essentially jam-band formulas infused with hard rock guitar and bass and beats that are that are likely the same found on the tracks which middle-aged soccer moms listen to while doing their daily routine of yoga.
Though many, if not all the tracks are long and generally repetitive, one thing that remains certain is Solus’s ability to play the bass and guitar like a seasoned hard rock veteran. It is essentially then a record which like those fans of Jeff Beck and Steve Vai will enjoy. It is a worthy first attempt though I think Solus’s talents would be better suited to having more tangible players on his next record.
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