Swarms
Low Sun


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
May 16th, 2012 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sporadic wet dream.

I don’t even need to say it, but Low Sun EP is a gorgeous little thing. Swarms’ slow moving, emotive dubstep/ambient music is back again, and it's predictably pretty. This is truly the strong point of Low Sun EP, for the music within surfs the cosmos, or perhaps channels the serenity of a solitary experience watching, listening to the ocean waves. It is spacey and stunningly silky, and the accompanying beats emulate a lover’s heart pressed against one’s skin. It is both a familiar and mysterious sensation, while the melodies further promote the listener’s longing for more. Unfortunately, the longing for more comes with a cost - no light at the end of the tunnel.

Through the travel, you may hear disembodied voices, a trademark of Swarms. Unfortunately, some of these vocal samples are ill-fitting and abrupt the otherwise sensational experience provided by the music. The beauty of this EP is its seamlessness, and songs like ‘Low Sun’ and ‘Forest' seriously question its integrity. It struggles to stay air born, with the vocal samples creating unnecessary weight, as though attempting to create faux-lullabies out of the melodious ambience - this doesn't work, and ultimately confuses. While I can understand the desire for something tangible, this is not the correct answer.

The overall shine and trance inducing beauty of the EP will be enough to please, that’s a given. However, with the absence of anything particularly unique, and also considering the cumbersome vocal samples within, Low Sun EP proves to be a short, pleasant distraction that had the potential to be much more. Beauty itself, in this case, is not enough to create something memorable. Low Sun EP is ultimately disoriented, floating around like a balloon that attempts to escape to the skies, only to burst from over exposure to the sun.



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Jonny Hunter CONTRIBUTOR (2)
Muzzled and subdued: a deeply disappointing release with one saving grace....

fish CONTRIBUTOR (3)
Warmer, softer and less open than Old Raves End, Low Sun remains an enjoyable and interesting listen...

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pizzamachine
May 16th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hello there!

Album stream: http://swarmsuk.bandcamp.com/album/low-sun-ep

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2012


6268 Comments


New Swarm?

Very curious to listen to this, but I will do it tomorrow as it is way past midnight...

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pizzamachine
May 16th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well then, catch you later.

bloc
May 16th 2012


34990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I rather enjoyed this.

Bonus points because it reminded me to check out Stumbleine.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2012


50842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That was fast

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Eclecticist
May 16th 2012


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review man, pos! I take it you are settled again after graduating?

pizzamachine
May 16th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yup, I got a job and life is cool!

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2012


50842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Right on
Do you work at a pizza place?

pizzamachine
May 16th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha I wish, nah I'm a teacher's assistant.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2012


50842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's a cool job, I'm gonna be a preschool assistant teacher soon probably


pizzamachine
May 16th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's also a cool job. : )

Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2012


7318 Comments


and abrupt the otherwise sensational experience provided by the music.

Not a verb. Review was okay - it reads a little rushed though, and I sorta feel like using solelymetaphors and breezy images to approximate the texture of a given album is a bit of a cop-out huhu.

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taylormemer
May 16th 2012


4941 Comments


"A sporadic wet dream"

Just fucking stupid.

pizzamachine
May 16th 2012


12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey now, this review isn't solely comprised of metaphors, there's just a truck load of them. ; ) I
can see why it might seem like a cop-out though, or even make the review seem a bit rushed.

@ taylor: I'm usually better at summaries lol, got a suggestion?

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2012


10543 Comments


wait trebor you're working with preschoolers

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2012


50842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's my plan, gonna teach them how to thrash

Gyromania
May 16th 2012


15962 Comments


Yeah, that sentence Irving pointed out is really awkward. It seems like you wanted to use a word like 'sully' instead. The punctuation in this review overall seems rather odd, to be honest, and I know you're capable of far better.

Shame that you can't edit it =/

mastille
May 16th 2012


532 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I liked your assessment of the album, but I agree with Irving. I prefer concept reviews for albums that have already been well reviewed or we all know are epic. I feel like all the creative (?) energy was put into the vocals as opposed to making richly textured, interesting music.

Each song was so different (as in the quality wasn't quite uniform) that I'd almost prefer something more like a TBT, although you did mention the weaknesses of 'Low Sun' and 'Forest' briefly. I'd give this a 3.5 without 'Low Sun'. 'Pandora's the best one on here.

ThroneOfAgony
May 16th 2012


3485 Comments


Sounds kick ass, have fun.

As for the album, it's alright, but it's certainly not better than Old Raves End.

gabethepiratesquid
May 16th 2012


4521 Comments


wait so all the 5s and 4+s for this guy weren't ironic or joking or something?

u ppl call this garbage music he isn't even playing a real instrument.



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