Until The Ribbon Breaks
A Taste of Silver


4.5
superb

Review

by Will Robinson STAFF
October 7th, 2013 | 47 replies


Release Date: 09/10/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Because it makes me happy.

Let’s cut the bullshit and get right to the meat of what makes A Taste of Silver such a great album: the sonic engineering is utterly outstanding. In the span of five short songs, Until The Ribbon Breaks (Pete Winfield) has proven himself as one of the best young producers ever, a claim I don’t make lightly. The EP is hypnotizing, mesmerizing, enchanting, and a whole slew of similar adjectives, and the brilliant attention to detail shines front and center throughout. The piano tones are gorgeous, the quasi-industrial tinge is impressive, and everything is so highly polished that the final product positively gleams. Perhaps the most impressive part of the engineering, though, is how rich and enveloping the bass is. This is particularly true on potential song of the year “Perspective,” where the muted percussive strings isolate the bass perfectly and the end result is quite possibly one of the best grooves in recent memory.

If Lorde’s Pure Heroine was the logical response to today’s pop music, A Taste of Silver takes her argument to its extreme. Whereas the top-40 standard fare of today attempts to fill the void left by a long day of work over the car radio, Until The Ribbon Breaks has created an utterly hollow and gaping beast. “Pressure” is exactly that, as it sucks and fluff out of an otherwise catchy song until all that’s left is the artist’s haunting and unsettlingly edited vocals, twisted 808s and claps, morose piano, and the compressed low-end synths on the sped-up bridge. It’s a god-tier song, with nary a dull or questionable moment, and the repetitive, simplistic chords make for a beautifully sparse and fulfilling four minutes. Elsewhere, the destructive, intensely dark “Romeo” sees Winfield mourn over a desolate soundscape. “Won’t you pass me the kerosene?” he asks. “Let’s burn to the ground. You’ve been looking for meaning. Did you like what you found?”

It’s this kind of celebration of the lifeless and the hollow which ensures the livelihood of the EP. Everything on A Taste of Silver is carefully maintained, from the melancholy atmosphere of “Back To The Stars” to the dark funk of “Perspective,” and the fact that Until The Ribbon Breaks has managed to maintain this sense of nihilism and complete control over the music at the same time is astounding, especially given this is his first-ever original release. Even the almost nonsensical, meditative rap from Homeboy Sandman fits the spirit of the release perfectly: his quasi-babbling, intensely relaxed delivery complements Winfield’s beats perfectly. However, it’s the wonderful sonic landscapes Until The Ribbon Breaks makes which gives the EP the extra push from great to incredible. Everything is so carefully and excellently placed and tweaked that it’s impossible not to be wowed by any single moment on the release. Though the recurring theme here is “I was born with my back to the stars,” Until The Ribbon Breaks reaches said heights for a glorious twenty minutes, and no one should be deprived of the opportunity to experience this wonder.



Recent reviews by this author
RL Grime VoidAriana Grande My Everything
Rustie Green LanguageThe Bug Angels and Devils
Venetian Snares My Love Is A BulldozerSeven Lions Worlds Apart
user ratings (18)
Chart.
4
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2013


3485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why the fuck did I have to add this to the database? This is right up Sput's alley. Also, apologies if the review sucks but no one's gonna read it anyways so yeah

GodBlessPilot
October 6th 2013


48 Comments


Sounds cool. Will check. Is this anything like little people?

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2013


3485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't know Little People, but this is quite good.

GodBlessPilot
October 6th 2013


48 Comments


Dude. You should really check out some little people.

slidenslip
October 7th 2013


1016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's twenty minutes. ill check.


look here peeps >>>>>>>>>>>>>> https://soundcloud.com/untiltheribbonbreaks/sets/a-taste-of-silver-ep

slidenslip
October 7th 2013


1016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

coOl

gosk8n
October 7th 2013


1058 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Seems like something i would be into thanks for reviewing this



Ecnalzen
October 7th 2013


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I might have to give this a look-see.

Nice review.

CK
October 7th 2013


4946 Comments


I think I'll listen to this.

Ecnalzen
October 7th 2013


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is fucking great. The last track wasn't quite as good as the others for me, though.



slidenslip
October 7th 2013


1016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ive listened to this a good 5 times now. title track is the best

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2013


3485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah Back To The Stars is good but significantly worse than the other four tracks. Tracks 2 through 4 are absolutely godly though

Panzerchrist
October 7th 2013


136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is this the same UTRB that collaborated with Run the Jewels? Regardless, this is excellent, and your review is more than competent.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2013


3485 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it is. Honestly though I like this more than RTJ

Ecnalzen
October 7th 2013


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed, Brostep. The first four tracks floored me.

SadAndHolyGlow
October 7th 2013


1531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is sounding pretty good from what I've heard so far.

Digging: The Khayembii Communique - The Khayembii Communiqu

Ecnalzen
October 12th 2013


6775 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I kind of fucking love this.

slidenslip
October 12th 2013


1016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol youre still listening to this? bahaha it's soooooo last week

dcalderon
October 26th 2013


314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is excellent, should be a bigger deal here.

slidenslip
October 26th 2013


1016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent? more like superb




4.5
superb
Review
by Will Robinson CONTRIBUTOR (68 Reviews)
October 7th, 2013 | 19 replies | 966 views




You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy