Iglooghost
Neo Wax Bloom


4.0
excellent

Review

by VirtualBlaze USER (22 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2017 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A series of tubes.

Listening to the first official LP from up-and-coming producer Iglooghost would probably make the listener think Mr. Ghost has spent years harnessing his craft. He’s in the same vein as Flying Lotus, who released Neo Wax Bloom on his own imprint, Brainfeeder records. FlyLo has been making music for over a decade, so he must think this new producer is on the same level in order to sign him. However, a quick image search reveals the truth: Iglooghost is a kid. Bandcamp’s description of his debut album says it was released “two years to the day since he made his debut as a teenager” on Brainfeeder. This blend of two cultures, the style of hyperactive and immense beats and the simple reality of being a teenager on the Internet, plays a crucial role in this record.

From the very first seconds of the album to the end when it all evaporates into a mist, every tiny gap in the music has been packed with pitched up vocals from unrecognizable rap songs. Some samples can be placed, such as the track ‘Teal Yomi / Olivine’, which contains lines from a deep-voiced rap verse that takes up the second half of the track. For nearly every other case, the syllables have been chopped and screwed to a point beyond recognition. This makes it difficult to pin any words to Neo Wax Bloom, whether you want to review it or just write a lyric sheet. Everything is so dense and wacky. Like the Internet itself, the amount of information being run through it is inconceivably large. All of that has been compressed into a singularity, and Iglooghost arranges it into 11 songs for this album.

As for the songs themselves, it can take a long time for different songs to stand out as either positives or negatives. There are no breaks or pauses. Each song blends into the one that came before it and leads into the next one, so songs like ‘Super Ink Burst’ sound nearly indistinguishable from ‘Pale Eyes’ and ‘Bug Thief’. There are certainly slower tracks, though, which doesn’t necessarily mean they’re easier to digest. In fact, this is where Iglooghost’s production can really shine. There is more space for sounds to fit between every beat, and the song ‘Infinite Mint’ becomes something beautiful. Female-sounding vocals that don’t sound heavily edited or chopped up are a wonderful finishing touch.

If there’s anything negative to say about the album, it’s the part that you can’t hear. A unifying theme and story has tried to tie all of Iglooghost’s music together. On this album in particular, there’s talk of a pair of giant eyeballs floating around a mythical world, that then crash into the planet and encounter characters such as Lummo, a blind witch who is training a clan of melon-coloured babies. This kind of concept isn’t bad in itself; there have been plenty of splendid albums in history that either have a crazy thesis or silly titles. This story, though, is barely present at all in the music. No listener would’ve ever guessed there was any sort of universe in the music unless they examined the artwork with an incredibly careful eye, or knew outside information.

Despite the oddly-placed story behind Neo Wax Bloom, it’s still an amazing album by itself. Every song is cohesive, and showcases what sounds like an eternity of work. The bounciness and general playfulness is dripping from every minute, making it impossible to feel malaise while listening. It’s so uppity. Any fan of pop music, hip-hop or breakbeat/IDM beats should fine so much joy in this.



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VirtualBlaze
October 2nd 2017


654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No album gets my foot tapping as hard as this one. I had to listen to it five times in order to digest it and rate it (usually I listen to an album 2-3 times) but I think it was worth it.

But this is definitely not deserving of the title of Sputnik's favorite album of 2017. That average better fall soon.

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ChoccyPhilly
October 2nd 2017


11669 Comments


oh shit, this guy finally dropped an album? Gotta get on this

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2017


19702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YES

AsleepInTheBack
October 2nd 2017


5123 Comments


Nice write up. This sounds fascinating.

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2017


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seeing this at #1 warms my heart. This is def gonna be a grower, majorly because it's so damn DENSE.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2017


26797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was wondering when this would get a review on here. Nice one.

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Cosmopath
October 2nd 2017


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review. this album is pure heat

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jtswope
October 2nd 2017


5657 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This was possibly my most anticipated release of the year and it even exceeded my expectations.

mindleviticus
October 2nd 2017


9211 Comments


dope af

LordePots
October 2nd 2017


38255 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Im gonna give this another chance in a more appropriate setting

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2017


19702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woah potsy rly

SandwichBubble
October 2nd 2017


4816 Comments


I'm listening to the second track rn and I'm not digging it ):
you guys enjoy though


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superluminals
October 2nd 2017


948 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i didn't like the track i heard either

EaglesBecomeVultures
October 3rd 2017


5504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is lit

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2017


2598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy fuck that first song is incredible

Asdfp277
October 3rd 2017


15815 Comments


this looks like fun, pos

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2017


19702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

near 4.5 just gotta jam it more

Rev
October 3rd 2017


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gotta keep that average strong

Toad
October 3rd 2017


1397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice. this guy's technical skill is pretty incredible.

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2017


2598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Super Ink Burst is beyond catchy



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