The Biochemical Being is the solo project for Isaac Trevino. He is a college student who seems to be done or almost done with college. The songs on his self-titled EP The Biochemical Being seems to be a product of his experiences over the last four years. Trevino has said “this album started out very impersonal but by the end it became a part of me. The Biomechanical Being is about being in that limbo of heartless machine and an emotional human being.”
The EP is a complete DIY effort. He did a pretty good job in the engineering department. That being said there were some things that could have definitely have been improved by a pro studio.
He opens with “Storms” which unequivocally sounds like The Strokes wrote a folk song. He sounds a lot like Julian Casablancas during the verse when his vocals are more distorted. It's a really catchy song that has a bright and hopeful sound. On the chorus he sings, “But I hear them coming in the night Ground shaking, trees breaking, I'm waiting For sunlight to wake me up.”
He has more success on “Georgia” and this song is more or less straight folk. The song has a little more melancholy but sounds good. I thought the chorus was well written. It was also pretty dynamic with the last section bursting pretty loudly.
“Mr. Cloud” has lyrics that could benefit from a cartoon. There is a narrative and while I was listening it seemed like an early morning kids show type ditty. I say that as a compliment. “I'm Just a Dog” is also kind of in the same vein. It was like a kids sing-along and even has a howling dog sound.
Trevino is a good songwriter. I enjoyed the songs and the melodies got stuck in my head after one listen. This EP builds a solid foundation for him and at the very least showcases his talent. In the future I’d like to see him step into a pro studio but this is a solid start.
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