Phaeleh
Within The Emptiness


4.0
excellent

Review

by Pentagon USER (3 Reviews)
January 1st, 2012 | 18 replies | 4,365 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Its lightness of touch, deft drum programming, gentle bass and exquisite vocals make it perfect for time-lapse footage of changing weather, or for when you're still buzzed after last nights party.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Phaeleh (pronounced “fella”), is a classically trained dubstep producer from Bristol, and on Within the Emptiness, you can certainly tell both – that he hails from Bristol, and his classical influences as well. His songs include little instrumental curlicues and sumptuous washed-away synths while the beats are slow and steady, akin to fellow Bristolians Massive Attack and Portishead.

Rather than focus on denture-rattling seismic bass drops, Phaeleh focuses on texture, melody and space in order to create a record that oozes quality. However, this may not be a good thing necessarily, as if you prefer “rough” dubstep, chances are you won’t appreciate Within the Emptiness, where there is little “filth” or “grime”. On this record Phaeleh carefully handles each of his songs running times, by letting them grow into themselves, making each of his songs revolve around a recurring piano riff, over which he layers 2 step garage beats, atmospheric and analogue instruments, as well as melodies and haunting overtones.

Two minutes into the first track, it becomes clear that the rhythm should be measured in Herz rather than BPM, when a sweeping flute is added to a ‘deja-vu’ like piano riff over a beat lacking any regular kick-drum pattern. In ‘If’, an after-party favorite for my friends and I, the R&B vocals find an easy groove while a piano riff heavily laden in reverb drones in and out in an ambient manner. Halfway through the album comes “Numb”, which is without a doubt the highlight of the album. Herein Tool’s “Stinkfist” is sampled and to accompany the lonely, desensitized lyrics, there is an ever-changing and constantly evolving beat, which is encapsulated by a subtle, progressive guitar riff towards the end of the song, creating a contrast between the theme and sonics. The album closes on “Healing”, which while consisting of some good vocals, does get a bit repetitive, and is an unworthy conclusion to an otherwise good album.

However, while listening to the Within the Emptiness you can’t help but feel that the tracks are indistinguishable from each other, and that each track (maybe with the exception of “Numb”), lacks that elusive killer bass-line or riff, which can just give each track a memorable identity and bring the whole album up a level. In addition, each element of a song is brought into view and then brought out again, which may help the overall flow of the album a little, but on a couple of the tracks such as “Numb” or the “Healing”, which are over 7 minutes long you can feel that the track begins to drag. In conclusion, while definitely a worth-while and enjoyable listen, you can’t help but feel a sense of disappointment at how tantalizingly close this album is at achieving greatness, taking into account just how one little addition or a memorable melody to each song could have made this album great, as well as a more direct approach.


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Pentagon
January 1st 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey guys. This is my second review, so I' m still in the process of learning how to write a good review. Therefore any
comments or criticisms would be greatly appreciated, as well as a pos or a neg. Thanks

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2012



30297 Comments


His songs are song-like,


Off to a good start

Rather than focus on denture-rattling seismic bass drops,


This sentence is fine but you've yet to introduce this as a dubstep album, in fact your opening paragraph just describes this as a classical album.

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Pentagon
January 1st 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

His songs are song-like,


Off to a good start
No idea how I said that, guess Ill delete it.


Rather than focus on denture-rattling seismic bass drops,


This sentence is fine but you've yet to introduce this as a dubstep album, in fact your opening paragraph just describes this as a classical album.
Will do.


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Ahh fuck it, its a good album

Pentagon
January 1st 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Forgot to add a summary. Dammit

gabethepiratesquid
January 2nd 2012



4521 Comments


If is too good.

Pentagon
January 2nd 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ ?

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 2nd 2012



6248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to get this, love his other work

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Pentagon
January 2nd 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Get it man, its definitely on par with his other work.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 2nd 2012



6248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening now, it's indeed awesome.
He's rapidly becoming one of my favorite producers

Pentagon
January 2nd 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah man, I just can't stop listening to Numb and that Tool sample.

gabethepiratesquid
January 2nd 2012



4521 Comments


"^ ?"

The song If is very good.

Pentagon
January 2nd 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aah ok. Yeah it is

geng
January 2nd 2012



1986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Probably his best album imo. Glad this finally got a review.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2012



30297 Comments


I definitely swing more towards Fallen Light

Pentagon
January 22nd 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just listened to both, and I've gotta say they rank pretty even to each other.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 22nd 2012



6248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fallen Light > this, but just by a little margin.
I hope he has a new one in the works for this year

Pentagon
January 31st 2012



1998 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Same, keeping my fingers crossed.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2014



20220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

didn't know I had this rated


really great album regardless. love Numb

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