Thespian
An Open Canvas


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Mongiardo USER (134 Reviews)
October 29th, 2014 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastic fusion of electronic music and post rock that is consistent with its uplifting vibe and variety.

Within the many realms of subgenres and genre fusions, Sean Martin aspires to combine post rock and electronic music and he accomplishes this to great effect. His short debut EP certainly doesn't deliver anything ground breaking by any means, but the listener can’t help the feeling of constant enjoyment over the course of An Open Canvas. The moods that this beautiful one man project conveys are nothing short of uplifting, pleasant and euphoric with it providing an expertly polished and complete listen. Over the course of this listen, the bands that without a doubt come to mind will include Tycho, Hammock and at times even Sigur Ros with its sometimes ethereal soundscapes. Cathartic in nature and satisfying until the very end, An Open Canvas will surely brighten up anyone’s mood who has had a bad day.

“Chroma” starts us off with a couple of subtle xylophone notes, but soon builds over a short amount of time by means of a heightening piano melody and swelling ambiance. Make no mistake that Sean Martin has a way of maintaining the subtle yet powerful mood with the piano throughout the listen and the uplifting mood never stops coming. Another firm example of this would be the title track with its soaring post rock esque atmosphere, well done drumming and exemplary use of the piano providing a subtle build up filled with little nuances. In addition to these fantastic qualities, the track is brought to a satisfying close with a hidden track filled up with swelling strings. As evidenced by all of the positives mentioned here, “Chroma” and the title track without a doubt exist as the album highlights.

Meanwhile, the rest of the EP certainly never backs down either despite these two being the highlights. “Chroma” is expertly followed up by another piano driven track with more of the fantastic qualities of the former expect with drums thrown in. The track then changes it up a bit with adding synths into the mix creating a more electronically influenced vibe. “Lift the Tone” then livens the album up a little more with a faster tempo featuring excellent use of keyboards and pleasant guitar work. Even though An Open Canvas happens to be quite short, lots of variety should be expected as evidenced here throughout the entire listen which proves to be admirable.

From the awesome, purely electronic vibe of “In Contrast” to the expertly fused tracks that includes post rock and electronic music, An Open Canvas has something for sizable fans of both. He manages to combine both of these genres to great effect and while it’s nothing ground breaking, Martin shows considerable amounts of potential for the future. Fans of this EP will surely look forward to Sean’s debut LP because if this type of music is expanded and made more original, it could become the next big album everyone will be talking about.



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Mongi123
October 29th 2014


20592 Comments


Here ya go Drummerboy! Album can be listened to here http://seanryanmartin.bandcamp.com/

Point out any mistakes I may have missed if you will guys.

Toondude10
October 29th 2014


14119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A 3.5 to a 4 ehh?



Good review btw. Mental pos

Digging: Norma Jean - All Hail

Mongi123
October 29th 2014


20592 Comments


Yessir definitely like it a lot with repeated listened and thanks man.

Drummerboy123
October 29th 2014


3096 Comments


YES! I'm glad that you enjoyed the EP, great review as per usual. Wasn't expecting most
people to dig the EP as much as this, maybe I should have more confidence in myself haha.

Mongi123
October 29th 2014


20592 Comments


Thanks man! Put it these way, if this is you bein modest, imagine what you could do if you were new confident! Haha

Veldin
October 29th 2014


3888 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

TESTIMONY:



I got laid to this album.

Toondude10
October 29th 2014


14119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good to know...

Drummerboy123
October 29th 2014


3096 Comments


Glad it helped someone

Toondude10
October 29th 2014


14119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And I just realized, 88 reviews! My favorite number! XP

Mongi123
October 29th 2014


20592 Comments


Haha yea I'm getting up there

Drummerboy123
October 29th 2014


3096 Comments


'but the listener can’t the feeling of constant enjoyment over the course of An Open Canvas.'

But the listener can't HELP the feeling of constant. Little slip-up.

Mongi123
October 29th 2014


20592 Comments


Corrected thanks

Deviant.
Emeritus
October 30th 2014


32222 Comments


I granted you this feature, but only after I eliminated "electronica" from your summary ;)

Digging: Lapalux - Amnioverse

Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 30th 2014


47253 Comments


A fantastic fusion of electronic music and post rock


uuugh we don't need more tycho albums

Digging: Lapalux - Amnioverse

RadicalEd
October 30th 2014


9546 Comments


I do.

Drummerboy123
October 30th 2014


3096 Comments


'uuugh we don't need more tycho albums'

I'm the artist you deserve, but not the one you need right now..

Jokes aside, congrats on the feature Mongi! I don't really see the Tycho comparison myself
apart from maybe the odd synthy parts in the title track and lift the tone. I think I seperate
myself away from my influences enough to be somewhat original. But hey, I made the music
so of course i"m gonna say that!

Mongi123
October 30th 2014


20592 Comments


Well this is more dynamic than tycho but whatever I really enjoy it. And this thanks for the feature dev! What's wrong with that
term though?
You recommend I change the other times I mention it too?

Drummerboy123
October 30th 2014


3096 Comments


I think he's implying electronica is more of a dancey/club/EDM type music, whilst electronic is more IDM type stuff.

hogan900
October 30th 2014


3070 Comments


Awesome review, will check this out today.

Mongi123
October 30th 2014


20592 Comments


Either way I just changed them. Thanks Hogan!



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