The Neuro Farm is a dark wave indie rock band based in Washington DC. Since 2017, the band has been active in the DC indie scene since releasing three albums: Blissgul Isolation, Ghosts and their latest album The Descent. Bands such as Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Joy Division and Blond Redhead heavily influence The Neuro Farm. Determined to leave their mark, the band performances have been covered by the Washingtion Post Going Out guide, Metro Music and hometown Sounds. The Neuro Farm has also been featured on radio stations including Spain.
The Descent begins the first chapter “The Fall” with the gothic track “The Demagogue.” Opening with a string section and howling background vocals, Brian Wolff’s voice adds to the dark tone. The instrumentation is energetic but the haunting strings section creates the feeling of eeriness of the mood. “Divination” is a quick 30-second synth instrumental that gets you ready for the following track “Forged Alliance.” Here Rebekah Feng get to show off her vocal range and well as a wonderful violin solo. Chris Willett’s deep bass is electric and groovy enough to vibe along to the sound of the siren’s voice.
The Neuro Farm switches up the mood beginning with Chapter II: The Gloom with “Cold Hands.” It’s a pretty tame song where Wolff expresses his pain. “Mercy” is simply a kick ass song with thumping guitar and nice drumming by Colin Diemer. It sounds closer to a blues-rock song you’d hear while having a beer in a country bar while you’re down on your luck. Of course The Neuro Farm had to add their own twist to the genre so instead of a fiddle, Feng pays an emotional violin solo.
Chapter III: Resistance has only one song “The Square.” Here it’s all about the instruments. Yes Wolff does a good job in the first half as Feng sings back up. From the drums to the guitars it keeps leading up to this epic finish with Feng taking over singing duties. While her voice commands attentions, it’s the instrumentation that does all the heavy lifting throughout the song. The final chapter of The Descent, Chapter IV: Acceptance, starts with the track “Bubble.” The Radiohead influence really shows on this chapter of the album. The album finishes with the intense instrumental “The Return.” From the echoing synth and violins to Wolff’s drawn out words it’s a lush landscape of sounds.
The Descent is a hauntingly dark and beautiful album from start to finish. The gothic vibe can be intense at times but it doesn’t overshadow the talent of the musicians. Also The Neuro Farm does a brilliant job of shaking up the sound just a bit to keep the album engaging. The concept album talks about the rise and fall of power, failed revolution and how fragile life is under tyranny. The fact that the band broke up the songs into chapters: The Fall, The Gloom, Acceptance and The Return proves how much thought went into the project.
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