Last Days is the recent release from Void Comp. The solo artist explains how this was a complete DIY project recorded at home. It sounded like he took the due diligence to get an original sound. The artist used a Dave Smith Prophet-8, using custom made patches, Squier Jazz bass and a Gibson SG running through a Tascam 244 tape machine.
He mentions that some of his influences are Radiohead and James Blake. Although these songs reminded me more of Thom Yorke's solo material. I was picking up on that on the first song “Last Days.” There are reverb laced vocals, huge sounding synths and a deep low end you can feel if you have subs. The vibe is dark and otherworldly. I was actually getting cyberpunk imagery in my head as this song was playing. There are some very epic sounding moments as well.
“Taxa” was a lush soundscape with guitar being more the focus although it's’ surrounded by synths that warp and mutate in front of your ears. The bass was again very deep. There are some very cool shifts in the production. I loved the dissonance you hear around the two-minute mark. The vocals aren’t really the focal point. They're sort of deadpan but it works well on the song.
“Need To Know” is next and probably the biggest sounding rhythm section yet. The vocals are at points falsetto and it works out well. That being said the vocals are in the background with synths and other instruments leading the charge. The groove picks up even more as it progresses. I loved the last minute or so.
“Come My Way” has a little more of that James Blake type minimalism. This felt like the strongest vocal melody to me. It’s repetitive but works well and I thought the synth infused R&B vibe hit the mark.
This is a cohesive EP from beginning to end that has inventive production but also some great melodies. The artist is young and hopefully this is the start of more things to come.
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