Nmesh
Dream Sequins


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eli Schoop USER (20 Reviews)
May 16th, 2014 | 26 replies


Release Date: 02/27/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: don't go to sleep

Funny, isn't it? The long-time black metal drummer that has an ambient side-project that's spanned for more than a decade? It sounds like a really bad joke but it's the reality for Alex Koenig aka Nmesh, whose discography as an electronic music producer has ranged from wildly absurdist experimental tunes to borderline field recordings. But it's interesting to note that on Dream Sequins, his newest and most fully realized full-length yet, he paints a musical landscape that's as much akin to nightmarish brutality of black metal as it is the nostalgia-induced haze of vaporwave. The re-occuring fantasies crafted by the garish voices of old generate a hypnagogic trance as terrifying as it is enticing. If Far Side Virtual is the future in which everything is chrome and nothing hurts, then Dream Sequins is our imminent doom wrapped up and portrayed in nightmare sequences.

Although Nmesh keeps the aesthetic in tune with the more dated aspects of late 20th century capitalism, he keeps himself from strictly appropriating Muzak and other various easy listening genres, instead opting for a split eccojam-esque first half and ambient sampling second half. The end result is wholly cohesive effort that mimics a dream becoming a nightmare. "NΞΘN DRΞΛMS INFINITY" opens the album mirroring how it'd feel to enter a dream consciously, and inviting you into a state of stupor. What follows is abstract bliss, as "KΞΞP/////THIS////", "Irregularly Scheduled Programming" ,and "Climbing The Corporate Ladder" all transfix one into relaxation and the knowledge that everything is okay.

Or so it seems to be.

After quick break from our sponsor, ":::: Más Abajo En La Madriguera Del Conejo ::::" turns the ecstasy into panic, as the atmosphere swiftly degenerates into maddening noise. The dreamlike reverie is turned into a disorienting jumble of static and media samples. The environment conveyed has instantaneously transformed into a dreary milieu with a mammoth sheen coated over it. Vaporwave's hallmarks and harmless ambiance have combined to form a discomforting dystopia where everything is safe but no one is. "Just A Simple Thing" and "DΞΞP COMΛ™ SKKY Diving" are harrowingly discomforting in their features, the soulless echoes crumbling off the walls built up by the nightmare paradise. In this reality, this is no contentment, no pleasure, only fear.



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sportsboy
May 16th 2014


640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

for my boy phlegm

why the hell hasn't fantano reviewed this yet is the real question

Keyblade
May 16th 2014


15232 Comments


Fuck yeah. Top 5 of the year right here

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2014


18870 Comments


rules

fantano sux

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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2014


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

aoty for me. and if fantanto touches this i'm gonna rage so hard

sportsboy
May 16th 2014


640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he would probably like this, plus he needs to hear the last track lmao

Phlegm
May 16th 2014


5384 Comments


YES. Stoked you did this, definitely up there with my favorite vapor~ releases and could probably grow to become fav over all ! the sampling and transitions are unreal, so much forward thinking for the genre

Cygnatti
May 16th 2014


21888 Comments


i so need this.

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2014


4507 Comments


it was interesting adding all of nmesh's past stuff to the database, had no idea he's been putting music out as nmesh for over a decade until a few months ago

daIceman
May 18th 2014


404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

kinda easy to listen, quite great ambient music but still sounds zillion times less interesting and progressive than Oneohtrix point never who is direct musical neighbor to this

sportsboy
May 18th 2014


640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i mean this is lopatin-esque but the difference to me is that dreamlike trance that their music induces is created by capitalism, whilst lopatin moreso just creates it cause he likes that sound

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2014


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

never liked lopatin's stuff as much as things that build on what he started

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 18th 2014


4951 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so good/ aoty

Phlegm
May 27th 2014


5384 Comments


just eat your eggs dear

chambered99
May 28th 2014


818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

like, holy shit good. prob aoty yeah

oltnabrick
May 28th 2014


31301 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, so good!

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
May 30th 2014


13404 Comments


i like this

aok
July 2nd 2014


4457 Comments


o shit foxxxy likes this? i better get on it ..

Phlegm
July 6th 2014


5384 Comments


ΞAT THΞ ΞGGS

aok
July 25th 2014


4457 Comments


daler mehndi sample at 2:30 during Rainforest Suite® V1.3 8)

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 25th 2014


13404 Comments


ΞAT THΞ ΞGGS




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