Soundware Noise Boy is a solo artist from Canada. Blending rock and electronica, among a large scale spread of others, the sound is incredibly unique. The debut album Development was released mid-July of 2018. The only release so far but new music is set to be released in the future to further the lore of Soundware Noise Boy.
If you ever wished that a Nintendo Entertainment System became sentient and spent a lot of time teaching itself guitar and listening to hard rock, you should talk to someone. That someone is Soundware Noise Boy. I can’t think of any other way to describe it that doesn’t feel like I’m drawing a different image. Captivating might be the closest one. Because that’s what happened to me on my first listen. I sat, and I stared at the cover art, and I listened to as many levels of the layers of sound as I could handle. There’s a lot to pay attention to. It can be an incredibly in-depth listen for those that enjoy picking out each sound, sample, pattern and riff in a song. You can also just rock out it to without paying too much attention.
Development is a versatile album in every sense of the word. It’s hard to pick out a single track to highlight. Each has its own personality, mannerisms, ticks, quirks and nuances. Some of it is incredibly reminiscent of Daft Punk, but only for a few bars before reverting to the full and fresh sound that Development is as a whole. It’s not a hard hitting in your face assault of electronic music jargon like much of today’s EDM, although it incorporates elements that one would expect out of a Skrillex track on certain occasions.
Tastefully used, fans of electronic music that are divided on their feelings toward EDM can appreciate the elements of the genre fused with hard and progressive rock. Cover to cover, Development is a full ride for the listener. Hardcore fans of electronic music, and even those who occasionally indulge in The Prodigy, Daft Punk, Boards of Canada, DeadMau5 or any other handful of large scale electronic bands and musicians will find it to be a rewarding listen.
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