Sithu Aye
Pulse


4.0
excellent

Review

by Daniel Davis USER (35 Reviews)
January 24th, 2014 | 33 replies


Release Date: 01/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Guitar wank, but memorable.

Talented guitar playing is nothing without substantial song writing to back it up. This is something that YouTube shredders with bands they always link to in the description of their covers of impossibly hard songs by more famous bands don't seem to understand, but Sithu Aye gets perfectly. His ridiculously complicated and noodly guitarwork can be found all over his new EP "Pulse", but always serves as a compliment to an already interesting main structure. His jazzy and smooth solos go well with the uplifting atmosphere his songs are pushing, making his songs sound like Weather Channel material while still remaining energetic and full of life. Pulse isn't in any way a departure from his signature sound, continuing the vibe that last year's "26" and the Plini split EP carried, but it's possibly the most vital and inspired interpretation of that sound that he's pulled off so far.

The two parts of the title track seem to be a throwback to his two previous LPs, containing more "djenty" ideas and the use of eight string guitars, but are much more well done and catchy than anything on those albums could hope to be. The mid section is more focused on faster, jazzy jams that hit you just as hard as they soothe. "Messenger" is head bobbingly relaxing, even as it assaults you with insane guitar solos from Aye and Intervals guitarist Aaron Marshall; "Shiny" is almost straight jazz fusion and works wonderfully as a middle track, and "Lights! Camera! Explosions!" is frantic and bursting with melody. There is no dissonance here in any capacity, which may contribute to the songs slightly blending in to each other. It would have been interesting to see Sithu try his hand at something more violent to the ears, especially with his material being billed as metal; the crunchy guitar tone here is the heaviest thing about any of these songs. But melody will likely always remain Sithu Aye's strong suit, so he can't be faulted too much for sticking to it.

Pulse is relatively homogenous sounding, flowing almost too well from one track to the other, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. This is a release you can either absorb in full, taking in every note and bend, or leave comfortably in the background. It's rewarding on both levels, so grab it if you've got some major studying to do, or if you've had a stressful day and just need to immerse yourself in something. Hopefully Sithu will make more of an effort to provide more variety on his next release, but until then, Pulse is an admirable advancement of his "happy progressive metal" sound away from a certain stale low-tuned approach, and a more than worthwhile entry into his ever-expanding discography.



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paradox1216
January 24th 2014


514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Unsurprisingly, this EP turned out great; he just gets better and better at his craft. Eventually Plini's habit of providing lots of variety on an EP will rub on him.

Pheromone
January 24th 2014


3788 Comments


If you like this I reckon you might like the new Major Kong LP, sweet riff metal.
Good review btw, pos.

Digging: Kid Loco - A Grand Love Story

RogueNine
January 24th 2014


1369 Comments


New stuff from Sithu? Sweet.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2014


2033 Comments


Sithu Aye is always welcome here. I'll try to read this review sometime soon

Digging: Damascus - When Last We Met

Calc
January 24th 2014


12301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i think people grossly overuse the term jazz-fusion these days, its like every progressive band that isn't death metal or pop-rock has jazz-fusion in it. be that as it may this EP kicks ass and this review is solid. POS

Digging: Mr. Oizo - The Church

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
January 24th 2014


1034 Comments


Sweet will definitely check this out.

paradox1216
January 24th 2014


514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'll be honest, I don't listen to much jazz fusion so most of my idea of the sound of it comes from like Mestis and TRAM and stuff

SitarHero
January 24th 2014


4722 Comments


4 feels like too low of a rating for this.

artiswar
January 25th 2014


25 Comments


Holy shit. Did not know this was out.

ShitsofRain
January 25th 2014


5948 Comments


nice guy

jefflebowski
January 28th 2014


8257 Comments


'making his songs sound like Weather Channel material'

i assume you mean weather report, unless there's something i'm missing

MikeC26
January 28th 2014


3202 Comments


cool i probably won't listen to this but who knows

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2014


10362 Comments


Haven't been able to check this out. Other than that damned artwork (seriously Sithu, we need to get you some solid graphic designers!,) this sounds promising.

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
January 28th 2014


1034 Comments


^Haha, you'd think being at uni he could put an ad out and get tons of replies to do it for free.

UnderJOath
January 28th 2014


77 Comments


Discovered Sithu a couple weeks back. Great stuff!

Mewcopa0
January 28th 2014


1803 Comments


This sounds really outdated....

SharkTooth
January 28th 2014


5906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"i assume you mean weather report, unless there's something i'm missing"
Here in America, there's an entire channel dedicated to delivering the weather, it's called the Weather Channel. Judging by
this review, this sounds like something they would play on their Local On the 8s.
For those curious:
http://youtu.be/eQB6I22PTIQ

Digging: Dr. Dre - The Chronic

paradox1216
January 28th 2014


514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^Thank you. I didn't really know a way to be more clear about that in the review without compromising any sort of flow I had going on.

paradox1216
January 28th 2014


514 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

And this is better than most of his covers, but yeah. You'd think Plini would hook him up with whoever does his amazing ones, or that Aaron Marshall would put him in touch with whoever did the absolutely perfect one for the debut Intervals LP.

Ending
January 28th 2014


1919 Comments


I like this guy's work in smaller pieces but I can't usually stomach a whole album of it. This might be nice though.



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