James Ferraro
Cold


4.0
excellent

Review

by Will Robinson STAFF
June 10th, 2013 | 54 replies


Release Date: 03/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: James Ferraro and the meaning of life

There’s not much in the room, but the main attraction is undeniably a glass, see-through table that extends into infinity, tinted a pale, cold blue. You’re alone at the head of the table, and stretching from you to infinity sit thousands upon millions of mannequins, with their cold glass eyes staring into nothing as they sit waiting for a meal that will never come, countless glasses of red wine sitting untouched in their jewelled cups made of tarnished silver. The silver was always tarnished, of course; the glasses of wine have been sitting there for eons in the exact same form, the wine evaporating and condensing in a perfect cycle.

At the other end of this infinitely lengthy table sits the strangely isolated James Ferraro, spinning the sounds of Cold into the environment, giving the whole picture a liquidy tinge. The quicksilver beats and bassline melt into the cool water lapping at the golden legs of the table. Ferraro keeps playing the music, weaving the sounds out of nothing and fading them back into nothing when he finishes, much like a child and his wondrous toy box, discarding one toy in favor of the wonder another brings over and over again. A mannequin begins to sing, ethereal melodies pulsing from every fiber of its body, and the wine in its glass, undisturbed for many, many years, begins to quiver in tune with the otherworldly R&B emanating from all around.

Nothing much happens at this table. Nothing much needs to happen - Ferraro has merely awoken long-dormant ideas and tied them together expertly in the form of a picturesque trap-rap tapestry. You sit for a while, marveling at the synths and strings wobbling in and out behind hazy drums. You sit for eons, lost in the meticulously edited vocal samples woozily drifting between strands of the music, sometimes in focus, sometimes part of the backdrop. The mannequins sit too, unfeeling eyes ripping the world around to shreds and building it back up in the same instant. Finally, the music stops. You slowly emerge from your millennia-long stupor, blink twice. You take a sip of the wine in front of you. It’s as if it were fresh from a bottle.

Ferraro begins again, and the cycle continues.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


3469 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck, will, you suck at creative writing

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


31355 Comments


I hate shit like this

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


3469 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the music or the review? most likely both

Calc
June 9th 2013


12249 Comments


fuck, will, you suck at creative writing [2]

some say referring to yourself in the third person is a sign of narcissism

Digging: Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


31355 Comments


the music or the review? most likely both


This isn't a review - this is boredom masquerading as musical journalism. What's the point of posting something like this, when it tells the reader less than nothing?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


3469 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you'd like, i'll just delete it then. going through something akin to depression right now, and not
really thinking all that straight. just got inspired and thought it would be better than it turned out

mindleviticus
June 9th 2013


8292 Comments


Two words man: Marble Surf

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


10275 Comments


This is the right way to add creative writing to your reviews.

mindleviticus
June 9th 2013


8292 Comments


Also, this review was really cool! Even though I know absolutely nothing about what it sounds like.
(even though I do because I listened to a few songs)

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2013


23909 Comments


Deviant go gargle a salty scrotum you pompous sack of shit

p.s. Missed you!!!!

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2013


31355 Comments


That's a bannin'

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013


23909 Comments


Well darn

Jash
June 10th 2013


4244 Comments


Don't piss off dubstep cat

Rev
June 10th 2013


9436 Comments


album's great


nice write up dude

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

considering the album we're talking about here, this review is perfect. as every bit confusing and inspired as the music itself

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2013


15050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe i'll listen to this

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 10th 2013


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also, put these in the recommendations

James Ferraro - Sushi
BEBETUNE$ - Inhale C-4 $$$$$
Bodyguard - Silica Gel
MondreM.A.N. - Cloudd Packk
O L D M O M S - Melt Jams
The Weeknd - House of Balloons
Clams Casino - Instrumentals

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
June 10th 2013


3469 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will do

Jash
June 10th 2013


4244 Comments


diggin the review, and based on your rec's MisterTornado im gonna check this out for sure

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2013


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im curious to see where ferraro's gonna go next. started out with the drone, then the lo-fi pop, then far side virtual (call it whatchu want), then the beat tape, then the contempo-R&B (not to mention some trance and unclassifiable detours). now that he's caught up with the mainstream, maybe he'll continue to perfect this sound. or maybe he'll fall back into obscurity. either way, should be interesting.

just check out his twitter account: https://twitter.com/LIL_ICEBUNNY

this is a full-body transformation. andy kaufman of musique



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