A Slow Descent
Secrets of a Melting Moon


4.0
excellent

Review

by ExplosiveOranges USER (43 Reviews)
August 29th, 2014 | 37 replies


Release Date: 08/26/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The beginning of the end.

Loneliness. A feeling everyone knows, whether it was simply the first time they were left home alone, or if they were abandoned by somebody they trusted. But how does it feel to truly be alone? You could ask Michael Collins, the third astronaut on Apollo 11, who briefly lost all communication with Earth when his spacecraft orbited around “the dark side” of the moon. However, that’s only as far as we can go in the real world. What about fiction? How would it feel to wake up on a distant moon, hundreds of years after crash-landing, only to find that the satellite you’re walking on is melting beneath you? Look no further than A Slow Descent’s most recent EP, Secrets of a Melting Moon, for the answer.

The album follows up the story from Dance With Me Upon His Secret Ocean, where a female astronaut awakens centuries later on Europa, one of Jupiter’s biggest moons, only to find that the ground temperature is warming up to the point where the ice that once enveloped the satellite is a boiling ocean. Desperately seeking answers and aid, she follows a strange transmission to a gigantic space station, only to find it abandoned and out-of-shape. Crestfallen, she wanders about the Europan landscape, pondering on how the colony could’ve fallen apart. The answer will come to her soon enough, however…..

It’s somewhat difficult to really describe the music, since, in essence, it’s just ambient droning. However, just like on previous releases, ASD manages to put together these pieces of ambient noise and create very atmospheric and intriguing compositions. Most of the tracks on here are much shorter than on said previous releases, and the EP is only five tracks long. This could be seen as a negative for some, as the story is pretty long for such a small runtime. However, it can also be seen as a positive, because there is absolutely zero filler to be found here. No track feels out of place, and the story flows remarkably well, especially compared to ASD’s last album, Utopias, which, while still an excellent album, felt very jumbled and inconsistent in its narrative. The ambient noise becomes darker and more intense during the more pivotal moments, then reverts to calmer and quieter keyboard sections during the buildup, allowing for a more immersive and realistic experience.

To be quite honest, I could probably ramble on about how each individual song is a metaphor for some sort of emotional struggle within today’s world or some nonsense like that for hours. But instead, I’ll leave you to go through the journey yourself. With this EP, A Slow Descent has once again cemented his reputation as an excellent ambient/post rock project, and I can only look forward to his next work.



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ExplosiveOranges
August 28th 2014


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

http://aslowdescent.bandcamp.com/album/secrets-of-a-melting-moon

Remember when I said to take a shot for every short 4/5 review I've written if you want cirrhosis?
Yeah....... As always, feedback is appreciated.

Anyways, if this follows suit with my other recent reviews, the link's gonna be broken in t-minus
3..... 2......

Digging: Millicent Waffles - Under Dark Blue Blanket

fallenbird
August 28th 2014


4121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos'd

Also, nice dig

ExplosiveOranges
August 28th 2014


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks, mate. Also, THE FUCKING LINK BROKE ALREADY GODDAMMIT

VaxXi
August 28th 2014


757 Comments


Two albums and two EP's in one year...

eh.....

deathschool
August 28th 2014


10475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Two EPs and two albums in one year.

Digging: Dixie Dregs - What If

ExplosiveOranges
August 28th 2014


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Don't be a h8r, m8

deathschool
August 28th 2014


10475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm an admirer myself.

ExplosiveOranges
August 28th 2014


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Then check this shizz out!

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2014


6560 Comments


Thanks so much for witting this review, Oranges! Your first paragraph was absolute perfection, one of the coolest things I think anyone has ever written about my music. YOO DA BEST!!

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2014


6560 Comments


"Two albums and two EP's in one year..."

Actually, if you include my Sugary Sweet Machines albums, that's three LPs and two EPs in one year. As of next month, it's gonna be four LPs and two EPs in one year. And don't think I'll stop at that ;)

ExplosiveOranges
August 28th 2014


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thx Judio :sniffle:

laughingman22
August 28th 2014


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

groovy review

ExplosiveOranges
August 28th 2014


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Groovy dig ya got there.

laughingman22
August 28th 2014


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

groovy avatar ya got there

give me one more listen to casualties and I'll bump it up to a 5

ExplosiveOranges
August 28th 2014


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Don't be a Judio when it comes to Casualties of Cool.

laughingman22
August 28th 2014


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Im too cool for that

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2014


6560 Comments


But...casulties of cool is bad...




:[

laughingman22
August 28th 2014


1937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best thing to come out this year by several hundred light years

Im mean come on it got everything you like. Its got space and......well actually that pretty much everything you like

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2014


6560 Comments


true true. some day I'll probably get into it.

Frippertronics
August 28th 2014


1958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Fuckin space, man...



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