bansheebeat
Spiral Power


4.5
superb

Review

by TMobotron CONTRIBUTOR (25 Reviews)
July 7th, 2013 | 38 replies


Release Date: 06/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A high-speed drive through the future that starts at night and ends at day.

Ignoring the fact that it was Daft Punk returning to make music for the first time after a 5 year silence, there was something exciting about the mysterious robots scoring the soundtrack for Tron: Legacy. The dark, neon-streaked visual aesthetic and fast-paced action sequences felt like the perfect material for Daft Punk to accompany with their futuristic style. Realistically, the soundtrack fulfills its purpose in exactly the way that should have been expected. It retains the futuristic soundscape that parts of Discovery captured so well, and at times it also captures the energy that has allowed hits like “One More Time” to fill dance floors since 2001. But there was no getting around the fact that what many were expecting to be a genuine album had to fulfill its function as a soundtrack before anything else. It's where the album failed, and it's also exactly where Spiral Power is able to succeed.

Spiral Power is the soundtrack to your favorite sci-fi epic fully realized. If listening to the soundtrack to movies like Tron and Blade Runner evokes memories of the visuals and atmosphere contained within, Spiral Power captures and delivers them entirely on its own because it isn't held back by a need to function as something other than itself. There's certainly no lack of subtlety on the album, but the tracks are largely driven by pulsing beats beneath captivating melodies, and it's bansheebeat's wonderful ear for melody that really powers the album. Whether it's in the cascading synth-lines that accompany a groovy bassline in running over the Tron-like chord progressions found on “Ninetails” or the playfulness of the perfectly restrained melody that takes the forefront of the melancholy backdrop on “Nightosphere”, every track that's present here is bursting at the seams with style and atmosphere.

If it hasn't been made obvious already, much of the album is reminiscent of the cold futurism that contextualizes sci-fi soundtracks. Spiral Power captures that sound undeniably well, but its brilliance lies in its difference from the dark homogeny found in that style. There's an undeniable uplifting warmth to tracks like “Sunchamber” and “Tepplin”, the latter of which contains some of the album's most energetic force in its blistering synth work. That same energy fuels the majority of the work here in a more subdued manner. There's an ever-present, pulsating undercurrent found throughout that keeps the album well-paced and focused, and is only truly let out at well-timed opportunistic moments – like the screaming end of “Empress” where every aspect of the music finally breaks free from their calculated restraints to create a chaotic, overdriven climax that capitalizes on every shining aspect of Spiral Power.

In the end, it's bansheebeat's cinematic style that carries Spiral Power as a whole. He has such a strong ability to balance and juxtapose cold and warm, dark and light, quiet and loud; and with that he finds the perfect blend that's just subtle enough to truly get lost in, and just energetic enough to dance to. It's the sound that the best of electronic music strives to capture – an album that takes multiple listens to fully explore and delve into, and an album that leaves its mark on the listener as well. Spiral Power takes you places; it's both the movie and the soundtrack. You'll wish it was the soundtrack to your life, and for just under an hour you can pretend that it is.



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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2013


7124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hope I did this justice because it absolutely rules. Made by our very own Rev, it's streaming and
downloadable for pay-what-you-want or free below:

http://bansheebeat.bandcamp.com/album/spiral-power

Also anyone else who was planning on reviewing this please still do, but I didn't want this to sit
without one for too long.

Gwyn.
July 7th 2013


15122 Comments


agh!

I still haven't been able to push forward with this with my fucking writer's block.

But this is a good review, probably much better than anything I could've done, heh, so props. Pos'd.

PunchforPunch
July 7th 2013


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gud review neg later

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XingKing
July 7th 2013


10708 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm glad I'm not the only one who was feeling the Tron vibes on this. Awesome review man

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2013


7124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks dudes! Yeah "Ninetails" at the least is for sure tron-like.

"Nightosphere" is one of my fav tracks of the year.

Acanthus
July 7th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool to see Rev getting a review of this, hope some more people check it out.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2013


10209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Weird, I'm posting my review of this in a couple hours! o_O

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2013


7124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha damnit! I specifically got to reviewing this because no one else had. Oh well, at least it motivated me to write one and our ratings are pretty different so it isn't redundant.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2013


10209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

That's true, man, and you make some very good points for the album. If it were closer to the release date, I'd have seen if there were a way to stagger the features, because this is a good selling point for the release.

You've always been a good writer-- have you considered contributing more to the site?

oltnabrick
July 7th 2013


30904 Comments


I feel Blade Runner vibes



Album is nice

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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2013


7124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks a lot Omaha, I'm hoping to do a lot more writing this summer, I'm gonna try to do the new u-ziq in the next few days. I like doing it, it's just hard for me to get motivated sometimes.

Typhoner
July 7th 2013


861 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a really exciting album for sure. Great work from Rev

Rev
July 7th 2013


9428 Comments


Oh wow dude, this is review is incredible! Thank you for taking the time to write it, it means a lot


I'm really flattered at all the OST and cinematic comparisons, since I'm currently in college for film scoring haha

elephantREVOLUTION
July 7th 2013


2750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is awesome. pos

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2013


50446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet

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WashboardSuds
July 7th 2013


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ace

I dig the sexy Smoke room groove on mononoke-hime

Rev
July 7th 2013


9428 Comments


i'm glad you got that vibe because that's exactly what i went for haha

WashboardSuds
July 7th 2013


5017 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

after the fifth listen or so I started feeling this vibe that you were inspired by Blood Test, the way it takes a step back and gets groovier halfway through the track. needless to say its one of my favs

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2013


7124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh yeah dude it's cinematic as hell. And thank YOU for the great free music.

Chewie
July 8th 2013


4532 Comments


beautiful album cover



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