TheOrganism is the solo project of singer/songwriter Ivan Soobitsky. His seventh release Not To Let The Pendulum Swing Toward Hate is a short four-song EP that is quite eclectic and diverse.
The EP starts with “Pendulum” which sort of sounds odd and off-kilter in an Ariel Pink kind of way. It’s a mix of old ’70s Las Vegas sideshow singers, Americana and a little bit of sampling. The whole vibe felt very disconnected but in an interesting David Lynch type of way. I wanted a little more.
Up next is “The Coward” which is another unique cocktail of sounds. It’s lo-fi Americana folk but also off-kilter. Take for instance the slight funky bass line. The song goes by fast but I was very intrigued for what was to come as I had noticed both of the remaining songs are substantially longer.
“MaryAgnes” does not disappoint. I liked how the lo-fi aesthetics worked because it gave the music this distant quality. My only issue really is I wanted to hear the lyrics which were hard to make out. The best word to describe the song is haunting. The reverb tails sound like ghosts from the past. The song seemed like it was being sung outside around a fire in another dimension.
Last up is “Aching Bones” and it goes further down this kind of chasm of psychedelic which made me think of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The intro to the song definitely feels like something kind of nightmarish Elvis type situation. This song is the most haunting and the xylophone certainly adds to that vibe.
I liked how original this felt. In fact, this prompted me to look into his back catalogue. Recommended.
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