DFRNT
Fading


3.5
great

Review

by someguest USER (23 Reviews)
September 26th, 2012 | 26 replies | 1,730 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An insightful, reflective release that's only slightly overdrawn.

Everyone knows loud and obnoxious electronic music is the current trend in popular music. This is a shame because a lot of the actual quality coming out of the genre is the down tempo, ambient approach to the sound. It's a sound that seems to be more open to interpretation, allowing the listener to plug their own story around the sound and create their own experience - even if all the listener is doing is sitting in a chair in front of a computer. Ambient electronic music is an open field for brainstorming and imagining the future. It's possible this was what fueled DFRNT when he created Fading.

The primary characteristic of Fading to jump out at the listener is it's extremely clean. There are few, if any, moments where noisy distortion is used at all. However, it's with this clean approach where the listener receives an almost dream-like experience and becomes stuck within the artist's imagined universe. This is not to say the dream is stagnant; there are changes in speed, dynamics, and samples throughout the album's duration. Effects are not overused and the album does not become tiresome. A strong variety of sounds (harnessing keyboards, snares, symbols, and synthesizers) works well for keeping the experience interesting. There's absolutely no problem distinguishing the tracks from one another. And regarding the vocal samples, there is only one instance of the high-pitched, over-emotional, whiny tyranny used ad nauseam by other artists with a sound similar to DFRNT.

While all the tracks fit well together, there isn't really a general all-encompassing flow to the album. But it's not like there needs to be. Each subsequent track can be seen as the next step within the journey presented by the album, and as all journeys the main goal is to remain reflective but continue moving forward. And move forward the album does. Boredom seldom flourishes in the world of Fading. It may only occasionally set in given the length of some of the tracks, with half of the songs clocking in from seven to eleven minutes, but it is never apparent enough to become a real issue over the duration of the album.

Overall, Fading is a strong sophomore release from a rising electronic artist. It doesn't break any barriers or push any boundaries. However, DFRNT definitely knows his prerequisites, and builds on them just enough to create something of quality that's fairly unique at the same time. Hopefully, DFRNT can continue to grow this lucid dream in the future.



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someguest
September 26th 2012


20525 Comments


I'm working 70 hours this week and preparing for a move (aka busy!) This needed a review though.

KILL
September 26th 2012


71750 Comments


does it rock hard

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

someguest
September 26th 2012


20525 Comments


There isn't a guitar on the album.

SO YES!

KILL
September 26th 2012


71750 Comments


havent jammed any faux music in a while so i'll check it sweet

someguest
September 26th 2012


20525 Comments


KILL, this is a great nighttime jam.

mindleviticus
September 26th 2012


8229 Comments


I got this a while ago and listened to it maybe twice. I will listen again. Good review.

Digging: Cultes Des Ghoules - Henbane

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2012


4424 Comments


Good review, man. Have a POS

someguest
September 26th 2012


20525 Comments


Thanks guys. Everybody should listen to this at least once.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2012


31158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good stuff man, my only gripe is that your use of ambient (in the first paragraph) might make people think that this is a full-blown ambient album, especially in the absence of any kind of signifier

I still prefer Metafiction (have you heard it?), but this is a solid LP

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

someguest
September 29th 2012


20525 Comments


I guess that could be confused. I'll change it around as soon as I get a moment.

And no, this is all I've heard from him.

scissorlocked
September 29th 2012


3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review! this will probably be my next dig, the stuff I listened was cool

someguest
September 29th 2012


20525 Comments


Yeah it's a pretty cool release. There's no bad tracks or anything.

And thanks!

scissorlocked
October 22nd 2012


3509 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

el spirito is fuckin sexy

mindleviticus
October 22nd 2012


8229 Comments


I still prefer Metafiction (have you heard it?), but this is a solid LP

Yah that one's better

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2012


31158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for that mindle

treeqt.
November 5th 2012


9704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm only halfway into it yet but it's quite interesting

Digging: Luigi Nono - A Pierre; Quando stanno morendo;

bloc
December 1st 2012


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Other than El Spirito this was boring as fuck

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013


7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice I didn't realize this ever got a review. His new EP is a free download:

http://cutrecords.bandcamp.com/album/high-friends-in-places-ep

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013


7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NP, have you checked out his earlier stuff?

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
January 9th 2013


7106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbjRfpUgrlM&hd=1

Give that a listen.



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