cssc
The Lonely Robot


4.5
superb

Review

by pizzamachine USER (219 Reviews)
January 11th, 2011 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “The Lonely Robot” is a clever, and almost perfectly exercised combination of spacy atmospherics and post-rock.

No amount of words can ever sufficiently describe the beauty of space, but perhaps music can. There is something beyond this fragile Earth, something that makes our world look like a tiny speck of dust. Clearly, there is more to the universe than just our Earth, but the mystery of what lies beyond will always intrigue. There is too much out there that is unknown, and with this mystery, the mind races. So science fiction movies are created to enjoy and explore the unknown; the audience bursts into applause, as they’re fantasies become alive on the screen. Music can have the same effect, but without visuals to stare at, the imagination is allowed to run wild. Who knows what the listener will imagine" More importantly, who cares, for such an experience is personal and does not need to be shared with anyone. The Lonely Robot is for you, and for you alone.

In order for an album to sound spacy (in my opinion), it needs to sound expansive yet remain minimalistic. It also needs to be instrumental, for in space, no one can hear you sing. Often, ambient music is the best choice for securing that spacy feeling, but what would it be like when combined with post-rock" This is what cssc attempts to do in their album, The Lonely Robot, and their attempt is unequivocally successful. However, this is not a simple post-rock album, it is much more than that. For instance, the song ‘Assembly’ is only space ambience and chilled drums with a few microscopic electronics. Then comes the ‘First Steps’, a song that holds beauty and majesty, a song that is incredibly gorgeous, yet is not a post-rock song.

The band is best when playing at a minimal level, which is exactly why The Lonely Robot is a progressive album. When their post-rock tendencies are exercised, their guitars are either extremely quiet, or they are played in short sections. More often than not, the guitars are only used to promote the spacy ambience, which is definitely welcome. It is much less welcome when they go all out, for it ruins the feel of the album, which is laid back – thankfully, the album is barely ever ruined. Another strange feeling occurs whenever the brass instruments start in (yes, you heard correctly, brass instruments). Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, the band would have been better off without them. It sounds great, and the melody is spectacular, but they somehow do not belong. Once again, the trippy feeling of floating in space must always remain front and center. Ultimately, however, that feeling is prevalent throughout almost the entire album, and the little mistakes remain inconsequential. What remains is a breathtaking trip through space, one that shouldn’t be missed for the world.



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pizzamachine
January 11th 2011


13863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Check it out, I dare you. Comments?

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2011


7503 Comments


There is something beyond this fragile Earth, something that makes our world look like a tiny speck of dust.

Only simile/metaphor present, and it is sub-par. Neg*.

* By which I mean excellent review, Pizz. Need to listen to this (do you have a stream for us?). Have a pos.

pizzamachine
January 11th 2011


13863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stream: http://cssc.bandcamp.com/album/the-lonely-robot



There you go.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2011


7503 Comments


Merci!

Héhéhéhéhéhéhé!

greg84
Emeritus
January 11th 2011


7597 Comments


Good review, but I steer clear of everything tagged as post-rock. Just not my idea of music.

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pizzamachine
January 11th 2011


13863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hm, well this album is more ambient music than post-rock.

greg84
Emeritus
January 11th 2011


7597 Comments


Alright. So, still it doesn't sound like I'll like it. Pos'd though.

FelixCulpa
January 11th 2011


1242 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Couldn't get into this that much when I listened to it back in September, although I've lost those files and it was a while since I heard them. I'm gonna give another go.

OutOfMyself
January 11th 2011


688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing album.

JustJoe.
January 11th 2011


4815 Comments


The album artwork and "members also liked" section...

Do want.

Good stuff, Pizza!

pizzamachine
January 11th 2011


13863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks all.

Jethro42
January 12th 2011


15519 Comments


Good review, machine à pizza.

cssciirc
January 12th 2011


2 Comments


Hey Guys, I'm cssc and I created an account to say thank you very very much for giving me a listen. It
really means a lot to me, truly you have no idea.

To clear anything up: I am a one man project. All my work is done in midi on my computer, although I
got a microphone for Christmas so I may be trying to record real instruments soon, we shall see!

Keep an eye out for me! And thank you again!

OutOfMyself
January 12th 2011


688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ Awesome to see an artist that appreciates their fans : )

I just ordered a physical copy of the CD, can't wait to give it a spin.



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