A Slow Descent
A Slow Descent


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
November 11th, 2014 | 102 replies


Release Date: 11/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I think it's October, but I can't be sure...

A Slow Descent, the project of Nash J., is an up-and-coming talent to be reckoned with. With every release, the output is more extensive, more epic in scope, and increasingly experimental. The quality control of each release is astounding, if not impressive. Not only does the best make it onto his albums, but the ideas behind them (like the compositions) aren’t half-hearted at most points; though there are a very select few that are lacking in substance, but are a rarity. With Nash’s third LP, ”A Slow Descent”, his musical potential is only on the uprise. This time around, the album isn’t focused on a single concept, but several, such as the autumnal season, death, and depression; the main concept being loosely based on “The Road”, a film about the apocalypse.

With the downpour of rain, ”A Slow Descent” comes to a slow, but quiet start accompanied with a muddled sample from “The Road” on the title track, the first of many samples from the film used on the album. Like any other ASD album, the sound is calm, and quite ambient in nature; this time however, as Nash anticipated, the trademark sound quickly strays away, becoming a drone/electronic gain-driven monster. This was all in Nash’s plans, and was intended to be his most diverse album yet, while maintaining the ASD tradition and aesthetic in the process. Cited by Nash to be “a demented blues track influenced by jazz music”, ”Blues (In Stop Motion)” has one of the few uses of the bass clarinet to uphold the jazz-influence, the result being a ‘Blue Lambency Downward-sounding’ track that shows the change in ASD’s sound and direction. ”Funerals (The Words of God)" drones on for a somewhat unnecessary five minutes, but introduces a morbid dirge that is driven by feedback and ominous synthesizers, which continue onward into ”Our Own Little Smoke in a Field of Nothing” – a short track that brings the moog synthesizer and a powerful overdriven synth into the mix. "EPAT 06C-D KDT" marks a sharp contrast in sound, introducing a Sunn O)))-influenced interlude to ”The Fire” that incorporates the guitar-like drone into the electronic, audio sample-ridden mess. The “biggie” of the album, and perhaps the most experimental of the bunch, ”Detached Limbs Can Sing” brings back the drone of ”EPAT”, and puts it over a repetitive moog melody that evolves into a synth-driven, electronic clash of noises that are relentless and unforgiving.

”A Slow Descent” marks a new chapter in Nash J.’s musical project of the same name for several reasons. Most notably is his desire to stray away from the traditional ambient/post-rock sound of earlier albums, toward a drone/post-rock entity. A result of this being the incredibly dense sound compared to the more calm, relieving type of music that was common on Nash’s previous releases, mainly ”Dance With Me Upon His Secret Ocean”. This change to an abrasive sound and the increasingly experimental output has marked a significant growth in Nash’s ability as a composer, and the quality of A Slow Descent’s releases as well. With every new release, Nash showcases his skill as an up-and-coming composer – true to form, he has proven that he is a musical force that is absolutely worth the investment, never sacrificing quality for versatility. It could be ambient post-rock, techno, or even avant-garde drone metal – the point is that Nash is worth your time and attention, and is well capable of making some of the best music out there, without a doubt.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2014


18541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

https://aslowdescent.bandcamp.com/album/a-slow-descent



in the works for three weeks tbh thanks Judio

Digging: Godley and Creme - L

YakNips
November 10th 2014


19594 Comments


fire

BMDrummer
November 10th 2014


14480 Comments


it's that time again

ExplosiveOranges
November 10th 2014


4408 Comments


[comment redacted at the request of Judio]

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
November 10th 2014


6681 Comments


atta boy Fripp

ExplosiveOranges
November 10th 2014


4408 Comments


Also, pos.

laughingman22
November 10th 2014


2808 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

October all over



Sweet review, probably my second favorite

BMDrummer
November 10th 2014


14480 Comments


unwound rules yeah

SharkTooth
November 10th 2014


13963 Comments


sweet review Fripp

Funeralopolis
November 10th 2014


14248 Comments


"Most notably is his desire to stray away from the traditional ambient/post-rock sound of earlier albums, toward a drone/post-rock entity."

have to check

Digging: Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes

Judio!
November 10th 2014


8444 Comments


Thanks so much for writing this review, Fripp! Glad you dug the album so much too...was worried people wouldn't be too crazy about this one because I experimented so much.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2014


18541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

no prob



though the people know your name and will probably come to find the man known as JudioRuso

Judio!
November 10th 2014


8444 Comments


Some day, perhaps. Some day...

Mongi123
November 10th 2014


20168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh shit another Judio album! Will read this in a bit.

Mongi123
November 10th 2014


20168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yay I'll be trying this out tomorrow. Pos'd btw.

AnimalsAsSummit
November 10th 2014


3769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

0-0 jamming tonight!! this sounds extremely intriguing from the review

Digging: Makai - Millennium

SharkTooth
November 10th 2014


13963 Comments


"JudioRuso"
lol how long has it been since you changed your name from that?

Judio!
November 11th 2014


8444 Comments


I changed it in February I think lol

Ryus
November 11th 2014


17169 Comments


holy shit this sounds awesome

Digging: Fort Romeau - Kingdoms

Mongi123
November 11th 2014


20168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So I guess the general consensus is 4? Lol. Great job though Nash, your work is something I listen to every once in a while it's

really cool and imaginative.



Detached Limbs is awesome.



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