Secede
Tryshasla


4.5
superb

Review

by Matthew D. French USER (50 Reviews)
January 5th, 2011 | 107 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: escapism!

Watching an artist transcend his/her genre to achieve something as organic and effervescent as Tryshasla is always a joyous and engrossing experience - one of child-like wonder and awe. The man responsible for the unparalleled beauty of Tryshasla clearly perceives music as a profound journey, as he effortlessly weaves gorgeous environmental electronica and ambiance into one cohesive package that’s very well tied together. The pervasive natural motifs such as: chirping crickets, ebbing water, rain, wind, etc., distinctly breath life into Tryshasla, allowing listeners to metaphorically paint from an expansive palette, as well as draw comparisons to electronica aficionados like ‘The Future Sound of London’. An album as electronically conscious as this could have felt cold and lifeless, but somehow there’s a resounding warmth surrounding Tryshasla; something undeniably pure and organic (I cannot stress that word enough). Every song segues into the next seamlessly, which makes Tryshasla feel ‘whole’.

“Hospital Requiem” leads Tryshasla off in a frighteningly claustrophobic and worried manner with an oft-used breathing apparatus and concerned male voice pleading to be “let go” - to further delve into the mystical realm he was in. The dark, paranoid feel enveloping the former half of this song is quickly diminished, however, and the music is transposed to a happier setting. In the context of the album, “Hospital Requiem” is very important because it seems to set the parameters of ‘life after death’, as the protagonist is lifted from the confines of his existential form to further embrace his final metaphysical journey --something immediately relatable if you subscribe to the notion of life being wrapped in dream and death, therefore being an extension of dreams. A lot of this is thinly-veiled, but most certainly implied through imagery, and what’s best is that it’s left up to the interpretation of the listener. “Foliage Pathway” picks things up a little and brilliantly leads into the album’s crowning jewel (“Leraine”) with the sound of water gently flowing as an object softly sifts through it. A pensive synthesizer canopies the song and the soothing motif of water reappears throughout; pushing, flowing, and reviving. After the beautiful aura of “Leraine” washes away the listener is plunged into a somewhat darker atmosphere that’s surprisingly just as welcoming.

The rewards listeners reap from Tryshasla come in both aural and visual form - the music works in tandem with its visual implications; a hospital bed, a forest, a creek, etc. - the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There are plenty of outstanding electronica albums to be heard, but this is the one you’ve been waiting for. This has to be heard, felt,... experienced. The man behind Secede is a genius, easily comparable to the likes of The Future Sound of London. The tastefully sliced and diced vocal interplay of ‘Kingdom of Hearts’ -- followed by complete shifts in style and sound -- even emulates an aspiring artist like Kashiwa Daisuke. Tryshasla is a mastery of mood and atmosphere that has a solid concept to go along with it pertaining to the splendors of the ‘dream-body’. The album closes with a philosophical and perhaps vital point: “We No Longer Need Ourselves” at the end of the road...



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Gyromania
January 5th 2011


15706 Comments


Pretty quick write-up. I spun this at around 10 am and thought I'd do a quick write-up seeing as no one else has done so. This album is incredible and it should be more well-known around here. Hopefully my review sparks some interest.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 5th 2011


10594 Comments


wow. Superb review Matt. Really classy write up, this has definitely got me interested.

Pos, duh.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 5th 2011


5793 Comments


album rules

pos, like how you finished what i read earlier, Matt.

Gyromania
January 5th 2011


15706 Comments


Thank you both =]

Elijah: You should obtain this ASAP!

Jared: I didn't really know what to say so I kind of strung it along quickly, but I'm happy with it. Glad you enjoyed it.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 5th 2011


10594 Comments


You think id like this? You know how much I love Kashiwa Daisuke.

Gyromania
January 5th 2011


15706 Comments


Check this out, bud: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FWf7ONmNWE

pizzamachine
January 5th 2011


12571 Comments


Convincing review, I'll check this out soon.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2011


7275 Comments


Solid review, so have a pos. That being said I feel like this review doesn't really seem to get anywhere, despite being loaded with well-worded descriptions.

But that's just me, really. More of a "feeling" than a concrete criticism lol. Sorry Gyro =p

Digging: U2 - Songs of Innocence

Gyromania
January 5th 2011


15706 Comments


Well, it's short, but I didn't want to go off into long descriptions of every song.

pizzamachine
January 5th 2011


12571 Comments


Heh, forgot to pos.

Yotimi
January 5th 2011


6494 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really like this review - it describes the vibe of this album pretty well. Absolute essential electronic listening right here - one of the few albums that takes me somewhere else. Plus, Leraine and Friday Fall are perfect songs.

Gyromania
January 5th 2011


15706 Comments


Heh, forgot to pos.

Good thing you did, I was just about to spam your inbox with gay porn ;D

Gyromania
January 5th 2011


15706 Comments


Really like this review - it describes the vibe of this album pretty well. Absolute essential electronic listening right here - one of the few albums that takes me somewhere else. Plus, Leraine and Friday Fall are perfect songs.

Ty, sir. Those are my two favorites as well!

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2011


15737 Comments


review is like... almost there

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Gyromania
January 5th 2011


15706 Comments


I'm trying to put my thoughts together for my Decemberists review atm, but I'll definitely come back to this and get rid of some of the superfluous stuff.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 5th 2011


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

niiice

I'm gonna have to re-listen, it's been awhile

BallsToTheWall
January 5th 2011


44352 Comments


Philosoraptor meets sputnik. Its a dream come true.

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Gyromania
January 5th 2011


15706 Comments


=D

Ponton
Emeritus
January 5th 2011


5793 Comments


so


people need to listen to this

Gyromania
January 5th 2011


15706 Comments


Yeah, I've sent "Leraine" to a few people today and have heard nothing back yet. I told you that this wouldn't get much attention, Jared :P

Btw, check this out: http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=458658 How cool is that album art/disc design?



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