The Flashbulb
Kirlian Selections


4.0
excellent

Review

by IsItLuck? EMERITUS
July 19th, 2007 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In a 28 song medley, The Flashbulb shine through various methods and styles of music.

Chameleons are interesting animals, after all when you are able to change color to camouflage that is quite impressive. In a broad sense, chameleons use their change of color to hide from enemies, but in the case of Benn Jordan, also known as The Flashbulb, it is to show a broad range of musical abilities. In what is one of the most impressive displays of electronica, The Flashbulb created one of the most moving pieces of music that I have recently had a chance to hear in just over sixty minutes.

The initial reaction to this album was it was breathtaking. Once one song was over another carried away the sound and considering only nine songs are over three minutes, it did not take long to digest each song. The instruments vary from progressive-esque guitar to classical piano in a beautiful work of art. Some songs focus on violins and cellos, others on guitars, and a healthy amount of electronic beats. “Disheveled” is simply brutal, distorted guitar and ear-pounding beats create a dark and frightening mood unlike “Binedump,” which is less creepy with the same pulsating feel to it. The Flashbulb combines classical piano that runs side to side with a frenzied beat during “Passage D,” but nothing as frantic as “Lawn Wake IX.” A song that begins with catchy yet grinding noise slowly intensifies as it changes to a guitar tone and swaps back and forth until it ends with classic progressive guitar riff.

Throughout the twenty-eight song album, there is widespread use of electronic beats, but that is not the case for every song. “Kirlian Isles I” is primarily a string arranged song that builds in intensity until the final eerie stroke of a bow. On the other hand, “Blackout” and “Shortcuts” are beautifully and skillfully arranged piano ballads. The use of a non-artificial drum set is used to stun listeners as what is the primary sound in “Autumn Insomnia Session.” Overall, if there were any song to sum up the entire album, it would have to be “Miles and Miles.” It contains every sound incorporated in the song that is soon swept away by acoustical guitar that drives the song into a glowing abyss as the lyrics are sung and then a string and horn arrangement take the song deeper until it is no longer. It is unfortunate too, because it could have been a perfect ending to an album. Instead, it ends on a somber note, with a sad piano work and drumming.

The best part about this album is whenever I listen to it, I feel like the sun should be rising as I am driving down a city street in search of something that my life desires. The album reminds me to be optimistic about the future because it can change at any time. As I embark on that city street, it will serve as a notice to keep changing and keep looking out for my future and myself. Now, during this pursuit, I will know exactly which album to play.

Recommended:
Dishevel
Autumn Insomnia Session
Miles and Miles
Passage d
Lawn Wake IX
Kirlian Changes, Kirlian Shores

Visit and listen at http://www.theflashbulb.net/



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Aficionado
July 20th 2007


1027 Comments


Very nice review. I especially enjoyed the last paragraph.

Zebra
Moderator
July 20th 2007


2647 Comments


I listened to a couple of songs on the link at the bottom of the review and it was decent stuff. The thing I noticed most is how the three tracks I listened to sounded completely different, "Lawn Wake" especially stood out. I'll try not to forgot about this.

cat destroyer
July 20th 2007


8 Comments


I'm not into electronica that much, but great review. I agree with Aficianado

The Jungler
July 20th 2007


4826 Comments


great review, I was wondering where your avatar came from only a few minutes before you posted this. It sounds pretty cool.

PhoenixRising
July 26th 2007


277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. Pretty seriously crafted music. If you have it on in the background while you're trying to do something else, you may find yourself grinding your teeth and wanting to punch something.



But if you are concentrating on the music and let it suck you in its really good stuff.

foreverendeared
October 22nd 2008


14680 Comments


since i'm in love with Soundtrack to a Vacant Life, i should probably look into this

Meatplow
May 15th 2009


5524 Comments


I spent a good part of my life stoned listening to the flashbulb several months ago. Wonderful days

foreverendeared
May 15th 2009


14680 Comments


haha same here

Captain North
May 15th 2009


6793 Comments


I'm more interested in the newest album.

lauriej
February 3rd 2010


1713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this one completely puts STAVL into musical context

Burn2Burn
March 12th 2010


2374 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is really fucking good. California Dreaming is amazing.

ohfoxxxycole
February 19th 2012


4352 Comments


yes

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2012


32292 Comments


Best thing he's ever done

Landpaddle
January 30th 2013


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is still one of my favorite electronic albums of all time. Props to Mr. Jordan for the excellent ride.

BLUEOmni
March 19th 2014


735 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are better than Aphex Twin imho.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 3rd 2014


15243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

goes hard in the paint

Asdfp277
January 9th 2017


23520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is still cool

danielito19
August 23rd 2017


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best thing I've heard from him so far

brainmelter
December 10th 2017


7566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

some of this reminds me of the cornfield

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zaruyache
December 10th 2017


24484 Comments


ugh i still need to listen to his new one.

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