Equus
Observing the Moon


3.5
great

Review

by Tojes Dolan USER (33 Reviews)
September 28th, 2007 | 37 replies | 3,376 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nightly images, desolate pictures and lonely settings compose this independent album as an excuse of Barrett's curiosity on ambient music

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

An ambience is defined as an atmosphere, or a surrounding influence: a tint. My intention is to produce original pieces ostensibly (but not exclusively) for particular times and situations with a view to building up a small but versatile catalogue of environmental music suited to a wide variety of moods and atmospheres.

Close analysis to a subject of study leads inevitably to two things: Finding errors in its core, whether stupidly hidden by those who created it, or finding inherent beauty not ever found under a small scope.

There’s never a need to inspect closely a matter of study because it’s never worth it. Approximations, on the other hand, aid vastly in terms of time, money and overall resources.

What’s the object, after this brief introduction, of inspecting Nicholas Barrett’s last effort to the marrow of the bone? The answer is simple, yet inconclusive: The minimalism injected to Observing the moon requires listening to every single second, every single bit rate change in order to find elements that could have been overlooked under other situations, name it anger, name it frustration; name it calm, name it internal peace: there are a number of factors that can or cannot change a personal perception on such a minimal ground.

Under that scope, the album may seem frustratingly quiet for the untrained ear. And for a regular ear too. The vibe is so light and under-toned it’s difficult to pinpoint errors in execution. Even more so, the album recurs to ambient sounds and other electronic elements instead of casual rock or otherwise musical instruments, besides a minimal but cute use of guitar and keyboards in select moments.

The tracks contained in the album may seem a bit long for most audiences, although if compared to releases by popular bands in this posting board and review site, it’s actually in the mediocre spectrum of song lengths. While some are just based in a solitary, tangling pictures (Origins,Forever in Dreams, Void), while others feature a more diverse feeling all over the song (L’univers dans des no mains). By diverse it’s implied that the tone is mutating through the piece. In the case of Forever in Dreams, for instance, there’s a constant pace throughout the playtime, only changed by a different instrumentation, but still in a down-toned playing.

The ambient is well built in many moments, but in others it’s just a bugging noise that isn’t precisely to create an ambient, and just an artistic masturbation carrying its “I-am-deep-listen-to-me” flag. For that reason, some parts (in the quieter sections) scream at full lung capacity for fills, anything that makes it stand above the last moment, and in others another scream for diversity: It feels as if it were constituted in its entirety by wind blowing, which is a nice effect but doesn’t make an album, even if layered as different sounds but from the same source.

This album is not amazing, nor bad in the end. For instance, take Brian Eno´s Ambient 1:Music for Airports. If you are familiar with this release, as a listener it’s easier to confront what’s going on in each record. What’s the difference then, if they are both based in… minimalism? Well, the key to a personal incline towards Eno, beside experience, has to be the use of fills. Fills are what makes an ambient album. As mentioned prior to this paragraph, Origins never progresses, never fills in with something that doesn’t destroy the lonesome territory risen from the get-go, but makes the whole picture a lot bleaker, while as is, just shows a blank canvas with an excellent background but no planes, no textures, no nothing. In other parts of the observation there’s a slightly better exposition of textures, but as a complete piece it bails a lot.

But in the end stands as a SOLID album by a growing performer. Actually more like jello.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Yyy
September 28th 2007



289 Comments


i love jello

TojesDolan
September 28th 2007



271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jello is good but it's not solid idk

Yyy
September 28th 2007



289 Comments


I just downloaded this. It's really good!

Aficionado
September 28th 2007



1027 Comments


Lol, Elim is being treated like an artist. Wait...maybe he is?

descendents1
September 28th 2007



702 Comments


misspelling of "quiet" in paragraph 5 i think

i really like this review. the writing feels a little fuzzy, but that's its charmThis Message Edited On 09.28.07

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2007



16081 Comments


Elim you should post a download link here.

Yyy
September 28th 2007



289 Comments


I've put the myspace url in the profile a couple of times now and they never approve it ._.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2007



2634 Comments


I never see a link - the only change I've seen is the picture.

Yyy
September 28th 2007



289 Comments


http://www.mediafire.com/?91m5ytkzzm1

Download it thur.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2007



17920 Comments


no i insist upon sending you money

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2007



16081 Comments


yes what is your paypal.

Yyy
September 29th 2007



289 Comments


ok meowmeow please put back your 3.5 rating you little rascal

pulseczar
September 29th 2007



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

give me back my 16 dollars

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2007



16081 Comments


How do you want me to pronounce the name when I am repping/namedropping this to my friends.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2007



17920 Comments


and you cant stop equus from topping these charts

with a brand new cd for these fuckin' retards

Yyy
September 29th 2007



289 Comments


i just found out a black "person" made this so it obviously has nothing but ooga booga chanting and blackies hitting some skinz

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2007



17920 Comments


lmao

iarescientists
September 29th 2007



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ambience is gay

Yyy
September 29th 2007



289 Comments


*observing the coon

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2007



16081 Comments


funniest thing this year



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