Review Summary: Grating, meandering noise, "Sounds of an Islander's City" gets swallowed up by its own bloated concept.
1 of 4 thought this review was well written
Music is an ambiguous thing, impossible to define. It therefore stands to reason that proclaiming something as good music should be viewed as idiotic. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Yet we still try, stubbornly comparing everything to everything else in an attempt to decide for ourselves, what exactly is good music. Naturally there comes a time when an artist attempts to break those boundaries and push music to its limits. By forgetting the boundaries that make music “enjoyable”, the artists are allowed to explore their own abilities more freely. Sometimes this can lead to astounding results (Radiohead) and sometimes it just falls flat, clearly trying way too hard and unfortunately falling on its face as a result.
Sounds of an Islander's City, Touch of a Medieval Faerie is unfortunately the latter, trying to express a concept (technology’s murder of music) by murdering music with technology. It’s an interesting idea, I’ll give Unfathoms (real name Austin Tracey) that, but the last time I checked murdering music wasn’t a pleasant thing to behold. It’s like if, to demonstrate how wrong it is to kill someone, I went and killed someone personally. It doesn’t matter that it was for educational purposes, the fact remains that I murdered someone.
There’s almost no melody to be found here, the closest thing being little excerpts spliced together in the most random manner possible while screeching computer noises and grating static play over the top. That’s essentially the entire EP, with the tracks blending together to create an almost solid mass of horrific, head-ache inducing “music”. This isn’t just abrasive, this is downright fucking abusive. The only real upside here is the opening track, that features a few interesting samples hidden away in the background. They almost make it enjoyable, its possible that if the listener can stomach listening to it half-a-dozen times (which I did, lord bless my soul) to let it grow on them, they might actually end up liking it.
I am honestly surprised my dog hasn’t started tearing my arm off to get me to stop playing this, it seriously sounds like the kind of noise that is used to mess with people’s heads. It messed with mine that is for sure; I now have a minor headache and am forever grateful dial-up internet is a thing of the past.
Lol. I still like the concept, if only because like, the point is to murder "music," and push it's sonic and conceptual boundaries. But yeah my Demo was sooo much better than this. It was also 3 minutes long.