Conceived in 2017, Voyage In Solitude, the brainchild of Derrick Lin, is a one man project. Based in Hong Kong, the city at night served as the primary inspiration for the debut EP. Last Train From The Hill was released in mid-July of 2018. Inspired by empty streetscapes and the solitude provided under the cover of night, the EP captures the emotions of navigating a bustling metropolitan area devoid of the usual crowds and impairments.
“Noisy Train” sounds just like it’s titled. A light drone, one that you eventually don’t notice as everything else starts to happen, carries itself under the track. It’s incredibly echoey, simulating the feeling of talking to someone at the end of a subway platform. Everything sounds louder than it is, everything seems like a jumbled mess, but the moments of focusing on what specifically you’d like to listen to are easy to discern. A listener will understand precisely what they would like to, by taking the time to listen to the exact thing they are looking for. As these single components are picked apart, the pleasant surprise of a synth joins in the mix. It carries the track to an awe-inspiring outro.
The outro transitions smoothly into the next track “Abyss.” Following in the same vein of having a handful of seemingly independent elements that function on their own, there is also a satisfying synchronicity through the chorus. As the drums begin to take more of the focus, things feel like they speed up before gradually falling back to cruising speed. A track full of twists and turns, listeners will find the resolution satisfying.
Last Train From The Hill is hallmarked by an open sound. The listening environment feels limitless, from the reverb and the echo of the EP as a whole. Wandering sounds add to the feeling of endless possibilities in so much space. There is always some instrument that takes the spotlight, be it a moving bass line, jet fueled drum fills, soaring guitar parts or haunting vocals. There are many elements that make up the sound. Each can be enjoyed individually by the listener, while the sound as a whole is a wonderful mix of each one. Each song finds a way to flesh out the best from each one, while remaining responsibly unpredictable for the listener. It’s a fun EP to listen to, with all of the places to explore in the sonic landscape. It’s hard to compare it to any one band, but fans of a darker sound will find this to be a pleasant listen. Fans that are not into a darker sound will find redeeming quality in the song craft and arrangement of the tracks. Last Train From The Hill has something for fans of all rock music to thoroughly enjoy.
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