Swarms
Low Sun


3.0
good

Review

by fish CONTRIBUTOR (43 Reviews)
May 17th, 2012 | 12 replies | 1,394 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Warmer, softer and less open than Old Raves End, Low Sun remains an enjoyable and interesting listen despite being a small step backwards

With the warm reception last year’s Old Raves End received, it may interest and surprise people to find Swarms moving significantly away from their cold, instrumental style in favour of a warmer and more to-the-point sound. Being a 4 track EP which finishes in under 13 minutes, the drawn out textures that marked last year’s release with a cool, whispery vibe have been significantly meddled with; the drum patterns are slower and softer, the bass is less urgent and the synthesisers are toned down to give a warmer and closer vibe in contrast to the cold open spaces of Old Raves End. The most significant change is the inclusion of consistently sung vocals (in contrast to the sampled and chopped up vocals of before), which hint at a more R&B vibe with softly sung melisma hidden beneath soft distortion, vocoder and reverb. This further shifts the focus away from the delicate instrumental textures, but overall Low Sun maintains a chilled out and ambient vibe, even if it has been toned down and shortened. The best song by far is “Pandora”, with its gorgeous female vocal sample floating away in reverb with mild urgency, in contrast to the rest of the EP’s sound.

The shift in style might not be to everyone’s tastes, especially those who loved the captivating skyscapes of Old Raves End, but in many ways the changes have made Swarms’ music even more delicate and pretty than before. Alas, the vocals do not hold up the music as well as they could and the melodies are ultimately uninteresting and forgettable, but Low Sun remains a bright, enjoyable and chilled out EP which represents a band not afraid to experiment with their style.



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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2012



20283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

+1 for not saying 'dubstep' throughout the whole review

-1 for comparing it to ORE so much (not really much else to do though)

first review in a while, constructive criticism appreciated. getting in there before the devinator

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

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 17th 2012



30320 Comments


You thought Old Raves End was cold?

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2012



20283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah I got that feeling. not "siberia cold" but mildly warm (i.e. less cold) winter day, skiing in the
alps on a sunny day, floating in the wind cold, if you see what I mean.

MalleusMaleficarum
May 17th 2012



12295 Comments


rofl

Tyrael
May 17th 2012



20442 Comments


'You thought Old Raves End was cold?'

yea cmon Dev it's electronic music of course it's cold cmon bro why can't you see

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2012



20283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

all electronic music is soulless

Tyrael
May 17th 2012



20442 Comments


so

electronic music = gingers?

phishing
May 17th 2012



395 Comments


hair metal = gingers

Eclecticist
May 17th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wait, all electronic music has no soul? What about Submotion Orchestra?

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2012



20283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

>joke

bloc
May 17th 2012



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely agreed that this is noticeably "warmer" than the album, especially the first and third tracks. I think it has something to do with the sine waveforms and vocal samples used, personally.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 17th 2012



9518 Comments


I would definitely say Old Raves End was cold in parts, like I remember the track 'Hostile' giving off that type of vibe. Nicely written, have a pos.

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