Loscil
Sketches From New Brighton


4.5
superb


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An incredibly intriguing and captivating album that is Loscils best to date

Loscil is one of those electronic artists, to me, that feels like a hit or a miss. While Endless Falls was a hit, First Narrows, Plume and almost every other album he’s made felt like a miss. What made those albums unsatisfying was his use of repetition of a certain melody or rhythm that would just drone on and on and while repetition isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the kind of repetition that is displayed through a song like Sickbay on the album, First Narrows, made the track seem aimless as if it wasn't developing anything as it progresses, but just kept this same uninteresting, however relaxing, sound throughout and it made Loscil sound kind of amateurish. His 2006 album, Plumes, while being a relaxing and pretty album, was pretty uninteresting with almost no song being captivating or memorable at all. This album, however, is the biggest hit he’s ever had.

Loscils style of music can be described as ambient/glitch with subtle bits of IDM. Little reverberated beats (or “clicks and cuts” as some people like to call them) echo in the different channels and washy, warm and airy synths drone around them. To put it more abstractly, Loscil is like the walk on an empty long road in the dead of night that nobody drives on and the streetlights are changing color with each step you take. After hearing this album, there are quite a few more visions about Loscil that have entered my mind and that is the pure state of euphoria and bliss you get from floating in a warm bubble across the world.

Sketches from New Brighton is certainly a fantastic solemn and captivating journey as we end this long and hot summer. Right from the start we are introduced to a different feeling that most Loscil albums seem to lack and that is an engaging opening track. Khanahmoot introduces us to a couple of droning and delayed synthesizers; one of these synths has quite a heavy bass to them, choppy micro-beats and echoed sound effects that give the song a hypnotic feel and it’s captivating for the duration of the track as it almost brings you to sleep because of its such calm nature. Unlike his previous albums, the arrangement of synthesizers and placement of notes doesn’t have that amateurish quality to them and they sound full, warm and relaxing while still keeping you interested. Hastings Special, the second track on the album, is the Bohren & der Club of Gore equivalent to glitch and IDM. It has a slow tempo and overwhelming jazz and brooding low end sound to it and it really showcases Loscils new side of music. The eighth and third track on the album, Second Narrows, and, Fifth Anchor Span, also feature a very lounge, jazzy and ambient feel as well with the addition of a Rhodes Electric Piano sound on almost every song presented. Second Narrows is quite possibly the best song on this album as it starts out strong and then around the middle of it, undergoes an elaborate and beautiful change almost as if it was going to change into an ambient techno track.

Another thing that’s quite immersing about this album is the beats. They are actually very interesting, hypnotic and sound as if they belong in the songs, unlike the album First Narrows or Plumes where the beats sounded monotonous, repetitive and hard to absorb. Fantastic use of these beats are in songs like, Collision of the Pacific Gatherer, where they are absolutely booming and clicking along with the incredible bass heavy and relaxing synthesizer in the background. While the bass drum booms in the background of this incredible track, around a minute and thirty seconds of the track is where the choppy microsounds come in and swarm the track adding so much depth to the track. The song has a much darker vibe than the rest of the album and it is clearly one of the strongest on the album as it shows Loscils evolution with his new and majorly definitive sound.

Also, what makes this album different from his previous work is that there are a lot more pure ambient songs while, even then, still maintaining a mild glitchy tone to them. Warm, spacey and reverberated beats and melodies are filtered and muffled in the song, Container Ships, as it feels as if the song was recorded underwater. Glitchy melodies spring out randomly as we feel a lush, but bitter mist in our ears in the song, Coyote, and bass heavy synthesizers imitate the sound of a melodic bass drums and the breezy, algid and eerie synths drone in the song, Prairie Trains, which makes this song the perfect closing to an album of this genre. As the album comes to a finish, one must come back to reality as this album has you immersed in one of the most euphoric states of consciousness to ever have experienced.

While my opinion of Loscils music, as a whole, is very mixed, this was extremely impressive and he should keep this style of music creating the next album(s). It is by far his strongest work to date with far less amateur production, a warmer and more ethereal vibe, an interesting array of different styles and sounds. It is, overall, very enjoyable, intriguing, captivating, relaxing, perplexing and is without a doubt Loscils strongest album to date and could, potentially, be contender for the ambient album of year.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mindleviticus
September 12th 2012


8292 Comments


Album is amazing.

Let me know if I have any grammatical errors or what-not. I've read it over anyways. Also I'm not sure
if that's the right release date could someone change it for me if they know the actual date? I'm not
exactly sure when it was released.

Links:
Container Ships - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRLXz_aj6A8
Fifth Anchor Span - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lngOCJf9bjk&feature=relmfu


Captain666
September 12th 2012


652 Comments


interesting this looks like something i might like, reading now

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2012


18701 Comments


stoked to listen to this

one piece of advice though, try to eliminate pretty much all first person when you're reviewing. sometimes it works, but generally when you include things like "i though this was...etc" it doesn't look very professional. its hard, since first person is the easiest point of view to write in, but your writing will gain alot from it

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mindleviticus
September 12th 2012


8292 Comments


I got rid of most if not all of the first person narrative. Any better?

Also this review is on my blog therobotwizard.wordpress.com

Captain666
September 12th 2012


652 Comments


review is awesome bro, pos'd

Rev
September 12th 2012


9436 Comments


great review, will give a listen soon

Captain666
September 12th 2012


652 Comments


damn gotta hear Second Narrows now

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2012


18701 Comments


much better, especially that first paragraph

i'm not saying that you should never write in first person, sometimes it can help the point your trying to make. but in general you should stay away from using your personal narrative for description.

mindleviticus
September 12th 2012


8292 Comments


Captain666? CaptainDooRight?

mindleviticus
September 12th 2012


8292 Comments


Goddamn. I can't stop listening to this.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is good, just a little too sterile

Captain666
September 12th 2012


652 Comments


its me yup



mindleviticus
September 12th 2012


8292 Comments


shouldn't have said that hateful word against homosexuals captain

carouse
September 12th 2012


302 Comments


I need to check this out, I bet it's fantastic. Nice job with the review.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012


23909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i had no idea there was a new loscil album. will acquire immediately.

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HitlerIsTheBest
September 12th 2012


1575 Comments


whoa the fuck, this came outta nowhere. getting now.

mindleviticus
September 12th 2012


8292 Comments


I love it

mindleviticus
September 12th 2012


8292 Comments


fun fact: this guy is the drummer for the indie band destroyer :]

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2012


18701 Comments


this is really good

mindleviticus
September 12th 2012


8292 Comments


Awwww yeah



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