I do remember listening and reviewing the previous release from YYY which was a Beach Boys tribute. It was fantastic. His next release aquadungeonafterdark is his debut of all original songs so I was very interested in what this album sounds like.
The release refuses to stay in one genre and in a number of ways reminded me of Beck in that he does his own thing but keeps it interesting. I really liked the hip-hop influence which is ephemeral. It will show up here and there. I think the aspect I appreciated was that it doesn't feel contrived. The genres meld in an organic way to create a singular sound.
The album gets going with “Aquadungeon” which felt like an intro. It’s full of atmospheric pads and unique vocals. The hip-hop influence starts to become apparent on “Keep Off The Lawn” and it’s where the Beck comparison comes more into play. His rhymes are done in his own way and reference things from pop culture. I loved the breakdown of synths and drums. It was unexpected and it was very well done.
“Youth In Asia Dept.” is a killer song. The production is really cutting edge and inventive. There are disparate elements like a piano, pads and more that seem to get manipulated in real time. “Cool World” is an almost cartoonish sounding song. On this song I was reminded more of Animal Collective, from the vocal harmonies to the heavy percussion and synth effects.
I think “Waste” was a tribute to the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by The Beatles. The main riff was very similar but the rest of the song wasn't. “Belayted” is another song where the production goes in all sorts of unique directions while “I.philia” is a darker song but still bright at certain moments.
“UU” on the other hand might be the most joyful sounding song where I was picturing people dancing in the forest perhaps on a number of psychedelics. The DJ Shadow like vibe on “And The Swords Don't Bend” worked well. He closes with “Terra Incognita” where he gives s a vocal performance that is arguably his most emotionally resonant.
This is a great album. The production felt contemporary and the songwriting brought plenty of palatable hooks. This is a talented artist and the proof is in the pudding. Take a listen.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook