Review Summary: The mau5head may be the same, but Deadmau5 was a completely different artist 2 years ago
Those that have taken the time to listen to all of Deadmau5 full lengths know that he has actually had a very eclectic career sound wise. Starting off playing a heavily Daft Punk influenced style of electronic on Get Scraped he has now grown to become one of the favourites in clubs, awards shows, radio programs, etc thanks to his simple yet incredibly catchy brand of house music.
Random Album Title can probably be counted as the album that really kicked off his uprising thanks to the hit single I Remember which features Kaskade but the album itself is still very different from what we know now.
Random Album Title is an album of subtleties. It features songs that are relatively long (a few nearly hitting the 10 minute mark and only one under 5 minutes) and often built around one main melody but the beauty of the album lies in how many things can be done to that melody within the duration of the song and the sense of a calm, almost trance-like state that accompanies this. In fact it is very easy to get lost in a trance while listening to Random Album Title. The deep, throbbing bass gives the music a thick sound while the repetitive melodies ease the listener into an almost serene calmness.
While the word repetitive is usually used in a negative way when describing music, it is not the case for this album. While repetitive in nature, the melodies are explored thoroughly in each song and are essential to create the calm trance effect that this album does so well. Each repeated line in the song takes on many different shapes as new sounds are subtly added or removed from it or as it slowly build up or fades out. These small but noticeable changes are just enough to keep the listener into the music while not sounding sudden and shaking away the soothing effects of the album.
The trick to Random Album Title is coming into it with the right mindset. Unlike newer Deadmau5 it isn’t the ideal soundtrack to a club night or a party (save a couple of songs like I Remember or Arguru) or something that can really be described as fun music. In fact, Random Album Title is almost to house what Burial or Distance is to dubstep. It is an album to get lost in, especially at night whether it be on a long bus/car ride or alone at home when you begin to feel the effects of tiredness creeping up on you. It is by far Deadmau5’s most consistent release, finding its comfortable niche within atmospheric house and bringing the listener on an hour long journey through it. A truly captivating release.