Shooter
Last Day


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ben CONTRIBUTOR (21 Reviews)
February 25th, 2017 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Elsewhere

Wading through the simultaneous mundanity and turbulence of an average week can be a slog at times. That isn’t to say that I have a notably difficult life, nor that day-to-day life is often all that hard in Western society, relatively speaking; merely that sometimes, as we’re going through the motions of the everyday, we all need a breather. To achieve such a breather, music is exceptionally valuable. More than that, for many of us, I suspect it to be a necessity, acting as that helping hand that gets us through the day. In this sense, Shooter’s Last Day has been my latest escape.

The EP, at its core, is a post rock-ian ambient project. Genre-tagging aside though, Last Day would be far more accurately described as a journey. Through the pleasantly varied 25 minutes you truly feel like you’ve gone somewhere, exploring the world that Shooter conjures. The listener drifts through what feels like some underwater escapade in ‘Ocean Sounds’, draped in mystery and atmosphere as sounds echo from the abyss. The largely digitally constructed landscape feels very alive, with waves and murmurs of what sound like whales washing over the listener. One is swiftly propelled to the clouds in the bright ‘We Synched’, presenting a crisp and open sky of sound; much like with the similarly soaring ‘Other Places’ and the fleeting farewell of the project’s closer (and title-track), the piece feels organic in its delicate weave of guitar, keys and strings. Contrastingly, the almost otherworldly and weightless ‘Sanctuary’ soothingly ebbs and flows, enveloping the listener in a brief ‘Stars of the Lid’-esque odyssey. A similarly isolated experience awaits in ‘teej’, though not in the same relaxing way. The song eerily unfolds and engulfs you in its cold embrace, an intriguing and borderline sinister stretch of the journey that stands out wonderfully from its uplifting counterparts.

Each soundscape presented to the listener feels distinct and set apart from its surroundings, yet never out of place; the cohesion and logical pacing of the EP is impressive, casually leading the listener from location to location whilst nonetheless feeling immensely natural in the direction it takes you. What begins as an adventure quickly grows into a comforting retreat after a few listens. The few flaws scattered across its run time (an underdeveloped idea here and there, or the excessive silence that concludes ‘Sanctuary’) mature into the familiar and endearing marks of a companion. I’m certain I will continue to take refuge in the neat little sanctuary Shooter has carved out for months to come. Simple it may be, and I’m sure to some this will be little more than another release in a crowded genre – however, for those with a bit of patience and a little too much stress, look no further.



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AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2017


6323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tried to keep this short and sweet. One of the best user projects out there in my opinion. Give it a spin if you have some time to spare - its wonderful. Also, thanks Blushful for the proofread.



https://shootermusicuk.bandcamp.com/album/last-day

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2017


3275 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Once more, fantastic review Ben. Hoping more people here check this, great project.

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AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2017


6323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers blush, wish more people would it, it's lovely

Archelirion
February 26th 2017


6053 Comments


Neat review fella, good size and good content - have a pos ^ ^
Listening to this now, and yeah, it's lovely.

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2017


6323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers, I appreciate it. Glad you checked it, needs more love

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2017


25601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn Asleep this is probably your tightest review yet, really like the approach you took here. also this sounds like a great album to study to so im def gonna check it today. a fewwww minor minor edits I will suggest though:



"The few flaws scattered across its run time (an underdeveloped idea here and there, or the excessive silence that concludes ‘Sanctuary’) mature into the familiar and endearing marks of a companion. "

this sounds a bit awkward phrasing wise...maybe because of how long the parenthetical is but I might try to reword it or even split it into two sentences



last paragraph has the phrase "I'm sure" repeated maybe reword one of them



"Simple it may be," not sure if this was intentional or not but this reads a bit awkwardly. that could just be me though



other than that solid stuff my man. will check back in when I finish the EP

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2017


25601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this was good for sure but a little too empty sounding imo. was pleasant enough though

ATallColdGlassOfBud
February 27th 2017


83 Comments


Your glass won't be empty tonight that's for sure!

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2017


6323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers for checking the review and album con, and for the kind words, really appreciate it. And thanks for the tweaks, good catch on the repeated 'I'm sure'.



The few flaws section was intentionally as concise as possible, trying to fit with the pace of the review and not dwell on flaws that dont really impact the enjoyment of the project for me. It would read better as 2 sentences I'd agree, but I think I'll keep it for the reasons mentioned.



'Simple it may be' arguably does read a little awkwardly, but its a phrase I've seen a lot in writing; maybe its a British thing idk, may tweak



Also in terms of the music I get that. I dont know how much you are into the floaty minimalist post rock / ambient that its going for, but it absolutely nails that style of musical escapism for me. Regardless, glad you gave it a go

FullOfSounds
February 27th 2017


15775 Comments


Gud review. I like the opening paragraph

minty901
February 27th 2017


3932 Comments


The review is extremely well-written and inspiring.

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2017


6323 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers guys. Hope I did it justice, minty

minty901
February 27th 2017


3932 Comments


To say you did it justice would be an understatement. Thank you.



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