Trvth
Purging


3.0
good

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
March 20th, 2014 | 26 replies


Release Date: 03/12/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yet another eccentric, eyebrow raising effort from an act that leaves no stone unturned.

If there’s one thing the man behind Trvth could never be accused of, it’s treading familiar waters. Over Smith’s pursuit of all things eclectic, it comes as no surprise that his little project has had its share of ups and downs, the occasional blunder merely the result of persistent experimentation. However, as the blank edges of the map continued to be filled, Trvth’s misendeavors are becoming a bit of a scarcity. Aided by an inhuman rate of work, Smith is becoming increasingly proficient in all areas, which coupled by an insatiable yearning for a challenge is only paying dividends for his musical output. Purging could potentially be Trvth’s seminal album, an organic, instrumentally candid blend of everything from psychedelia, to tribal, to downtempo, its beauty being not only in its lush, reverberant soundscapes, but also its ambiguity.

Trvth is no stranger to unorthodox musical mixtures, and Purgingis no exception, being perhaps the most stylistically diverse album we’ve heard from the project yet. What’s remarkable is just how effortlessly well balanced all the elements are, making it rather tricky to pinpoint specific influences and forming a well-rounded and cohesive piece of work. The album’s compositional straightforwardness proves to be an invaluable asset, forming a crux around which the aesthetic nuances and tweaks flow freely amongst one and other. The handful of motifs that comprise each track are more-or-less extended across entire arrangements, being acutely tweaked and modified along the way. Each track begins and subsequently ends with an infectious, unbroken beat while layers of instrumentation and vocal work are incrementally laid out and stripped back. As a result of the music’s generally cocooned nature, the atmospheres are able to build and develop at their own leisure, one track to the next.

Purging’s interrupted, A to B approach does narrow the margin for error considerably, but ultimately still leaves a little to be desired. There are many instances in this album in which a climax could have been viable without disturbing the flow of the music, but these opportunities are unfortunately never capitalised on. Perhaps it was a conscious effort on Smith’s part to focus on the ethereal as opposed to the eventful, which becomes increasingly more evident towards the latter portion of the album. However, this shift in style only sheds further light on the album’s biggest issue, the production. High-compression and clipping are abundant throughout the album, but like water off a duck’s back, it isn’t that much of an issue until the more ambient oriented tracks such as “Goodbye”, “Ancient Temple” and most notably, “Lifeforce”. Nevertheless, these tracks still manage to overcome the sound engineering gaffes due to the aforementioned compositional strengths, but the listener is still left wondering what might have been.

Irrespective of its faults, Purging is still an impressive album, not only as a self-produced, one-man effort, but in its own right as well. The album successfully combines the eclectic nature of Trvth’s earlier material with the cohesion and poise of more recent work. However, after what is now seven albums, there are still a handful of issues that remain uncorrected, inhibiting Purging from realising its full potential. While it remains to be seen if Trvth will address these concerns in future releases, Purging is yet another step forward for what is now becoming a formidable act.



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tommygun
March 20th 2014


26251 Comments


pos

tommygun
March 20th 2014


26251 Comments


which captain stuff should i jam he puts out an album a month by the looks

BigPleb
March 20th 2014


45947 Comments


Better than Garland revs, agreed.

tommygun
March 20th 2014


26251 Comments


swee

Gyromania
March 20th 2014


20772 Comments


idk if i'll check this out, thought the last one was pretty mediocre

good review

BigPleb
March 20th 2014


45947 Comments


he's a crank hehe, never has any fun!

BigPleb
March 20th 2014


45947 Comments


you're still goofy :p

Gyromania
March 20th 2014


20772 Comments


the vocals and music never really meshed all that well for me, seemed like two very separate entities.
technically enjoyable and fun in parts, but overall not my thing

osmark86
March 20th 2014


5304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review jac. I'd give you a pos if I could.

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emester
March 20th 2014


7480 Comments


If Captain did the album art himself, then consider my mind fucking blown

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Gyromania
March 20th 2014


20772 Comments


on the third track now. pretty enjoyable so far, although the tracks should be like 2 minutes shorter. seems to play out the same musical ideas until the point of exhaustion

AnimalsAsSummit
March 20th 2014


2102 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

im so excite to hear this !!

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Gyromania
March 20th 2014


20772 Comments


album's good, albeit very samey and too long. a lot of these tracks just keep repeating the same musical ideas over and over with little or no evolution. some of the ideas are great though

Graveyard
March 20th 2014


6300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Really enjoyed this one. There's a lot of good ideas here, but I just wish some of the songs were a little more fleshed out.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2014


21753 Comments


very nice review jac.

@Cap, hard to keep up with all your stuff damn, I'll give this a spin though

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Hovse
March 20th 2014


1490 Comments


this is interesting

menawati
March 20th 2014


16408 Comments


dont think i heard this one will check cap, really nice review pos if i could

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Gyromania
March 20th 2014


20772 Comments


why the radical departure in sound? i get that you're obviously experimenting and expanding your musical palette, just figured it might go under a different moniker or something.

Gyromania
March 20th 2014


20772 Comments


^

Gyromania
March 21st 2014


20772 Comments


so, i guess i ended up missing a few of your releases. i'll amend this at some point in the near future



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