Carbon Based Lifeforms
Interloper


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jamoose USER (6 Reviews)
September 13th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The balance of melody, rhythms and wide soundscapes make for an interesting electronic album.

While ambient music can be a bit of trouble to get into for some listeners (as in those who may not see it entirely as “music”), Carbon Based Lifeforms provide a soft balance of catchy beats and melodies under its euphoric electronic soundscape. What is created is a relaxed spacy atmosphere, without the drones and monotonies that can easily slip into play when creating this kind of shape and mood in music.

The album often relies on single melodies and bass lines driving a track forward, especially in the likes of “Interloper” and “Central Plain”, but among all this CBL weaves in tasteful rhythms and tunes in all the right places to keep things fresh and flowing. Simplicity is a key aspect of this album and it becomes its major strength and while the track lengths may call out monotony, that is certainly not the case.

The music presents an immersive quality throughout, whether that be through the far out journeying scapes of “Euphotic” and “Polyrytmi”, the evocative tones of “Init” and “Frog” or the more traditional rhythm led tracks like “Right Where It Ends” and “Supersede”. While this is the case, the album’s overall instrumentation may not be as diverse as some may like. But on the other hand, its immersive quality lies in its consistency. CBL create a journey without treading too far out of their territory.

That being said, there are several occasions of vocal sampling. “Right Where It Ends” uses quite prominent yet soft vocals through the its rhythmic beats, while “Init” introduces its mood with a short poem.

Overall, Interloper is a satisfying electronic album with a nice balance of soft rhythmic melodies and atmospheric soundscapes for those looking for something to relax or write to.



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foxblood
September 13th 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, it's nice to see this have one. this album is probably their best besides world of sleepers.

pos'd

scissorlocked
September 13th 2011


3511 Comments


seems good, will check



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Yotimi
September 13th 2011


6521 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I prefer Hydroponic Garden but this is solid

Yotimi
September 13th 2011


6521 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

double post

climactic
December 21st 2011


19361 Comments


carbon based anatomy > carbon based lifeforms

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foxblood
December 21st 2011


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they have absolutely nothing in common so what's the point in comparing

Vladek
February 4th 2012


17 Comments


I recommend Interloper, M, Supersede on this CD

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2012


3440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is really amazing. I have it as a continuous track.

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foxblood
March 8th 2013


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

man this album is so good, might have to 4.5.

Keyblade
August 23rd 2013


14986 Comments


Word, every bit as good as HG. Forgot how good this was.

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joomisy
September 4th 2013


467 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Beautiful album, I love it so much.

CosmicPie
September 4th 2013


1078 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Beautiful album, indeed.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2013


18665 Comments


gotta listen

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Wadlez
October 30th 2013


4234 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Jamming, my last of their "big 3"

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Keyblade
October 30th 2013


14986 Comments


Every bit as good as the other two

Wadlez
October 30th 2013


4234 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow.. I'm digging this about as much as HG.. Impressed.

Amphoteric
November 8th 2013


1933 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Right Where it Ends and Central Plain are about as perfect as it gets..

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Keyblade
November 8th 2013


14986 Comments


Central Plains, sigh...so good

foxblood
November 8th 2013


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i know, seriously. that song :0

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 8th 2013


18665 Comments


gotta listen to this



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