Count to Altek
She Will Fly With You Forever


3.5
great

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (108 Reviews)
December 1st, 2017 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like a geometrical town in a desert, this is purposeless, but a marble to observe.

Count to Altek and Millicent Waffles’ usual outputs are for me indifference galore. I admire the enthusiasm put into them, but the execution tends to be lacking and often a bit too obnoxious. But out of nowhere one day came the news that there is a new album out. I had all the intentions to skip it, as it was about sixteenth album in a month, it seemed to me. But the author (our very own Sputnik AnimalsAsSummit) messaged me directly, so I decided to give it a shot. What a surprise awaited me upon the play-button-pressing.

First thing’s first, this isn’t that usual pre-post-ambient macabre ***ery that sounds like softened Drone not because it was intended to, but because there isn’t any better recording technique available. This is actually a quasi-focused release. I’ll get to the quasi part later.
“Love for Galileo” serves as the album’s opener and brilliantly sets up the atmosphere of tired dread and creeping despair. At least I assume that is what it was meant to represent. The saxophone is rather biting, the drums sharp, though underproduced and the rhythm is almost hallucinogenic. But right there we get to our biggest problem on the album. While the individual instrumental patterns are quite admirable, the flow of tracks is obscurely adhesive and off-putting. The instrumental play just doesn’t match one another. It sounds largely like a bunch of people with moderately chaotic understanding of free jazz, coming together to make an experimental record.

“You Hold Your Every Tomorrow” possibly encapsulates that feeling of disconnect between the instruments even more. The drums on here sound like they were taken out of a black metal album, while the sax rifts are about the laziest on the whole album. The following “Atop the Ceremony” starts off similarly, but it quickly turns around as the near-terrifying background distortion starts taking over the entire song and pouring its menace-stained waters over it.

Trying to analyse the rest of the cuts on here will be rather meaningless, for it is going to be more of an exercise in finding synonymous statements made in previous paragraphs. Apart from rather straightforward, but still extremely bind-bending “Poem for Soleri”, this album keeps itself afloat with its utterly obscure musical style quite well.

It is obvious that the collective had a vision in mind. They were focused on the feeling of earthly detachment, a certain levitation-like state, a search for calm amidst chaos. Much like Paolo Soleri did, whom this album tries to appraise, though the connection escapes me. The problem is that while the instrumental mirage of conceptual insanity reaches from intriguing to stunning, the cohesion and flow of the record certainly limps. I understand the musical intention behind the fatiguing sound and structure, but it often comes off rather tiring. Think of it as something you intended to seem patient and tiring for people to appreciate, but they didn’t get that intention and instead found it tiring for all the wrong reasons.

Admittedly, as the time went on, the album did grow off me. My initial excitement over the unique sound was replaced with a bewildered confusion as to what exactly am I listening to. The amateurish disorganisation kept overshadowing the good sides and the fact that I could only get myself to come back to it under a certain mood (that being something between exhausted, but still exuberant, possibly on a morning run… yeah, I’m weird, don’t judge me) also reduced my enjoyment of it by a chunk. Nevertheless, it is still a strangely enjoyable release. It may have not dug a hole in my heart for it to lay in, but it was intriguing and puzzling enough for me to find the impulse to return. I don’t understand it, but I doubt it is meant to be understood. And I can only assume that the next album will be called something like “Flummox Galore”, “Rara Avis” or “Between the Vines and Terraform” and it’ll be an ambient-esque nonpareil again.

P.S.: Soleri’s work is much more organised than this.



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Papa Universe
December 1st 2017


15270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Uni's review roll 19/50



It's obvious that I won't finish my review roll in time, cause I don't have enough days left and I don't want to break the one-review-per-day policy.

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butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2017


8098 Comments


that cover art makes me think this was album was made by 17-year olds..


pos for the review, Uni! your series is going along swimmingly..

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TVC15
December 1st 2017


9554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you ended up reviewing this instead of me lol, a much better job than I could have anyway.



Lovely seeing AnimalsAsSummits' albums getting a little more attention on this site

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Papa Universe
December 1st 2017


15270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you tho promise me you gun go review that new Manic Street Preachers album next year before anyone else.

TVC15
December 1st 2017


9554 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If Arcade doesn't beat me to it, I'm likely gonna review it lol

Papa Universe
December 1st 2017


15270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

start typing now

AnimalsAsSummit
December 1st 2017


3306 Comments


in regards to the artwork, it is hand painted by myself. i appreciate you giving this a review unique, you certainly have much to say. more than i anticipated, so thank you.

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AnimalsAsSummit
December 2nd 2017


3306 Comments


also, there is some corrections that need made. the music on here, although based in free jazz, is pretty strictly composed especially in terms of repetition of primary chord progressions, and is certainly not instruments without any connection between them; they are all tightly aligned, regardless if it becomes apperent on first listen or not. the last track actually has almost no free jazz (surprised it wasn't mentioned) and it includes the 6 melodic themes that were referenced before it. many little nuances that are getting overlooked but its understandable if you're not used to this style of music.

temptationFruit
December 2nd 2017


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Disagree with a lot of the review. Well written though, and this DEFINITELY needs more exposure.



I see this as just a jazz album for people who play jazz. It doesn't really come across as weird as its made out to be here; the style is in the ballpark of ECM releases. When I heard it, first thought was, "Well hey, this sounds like Ralph Towner with more keyboard and less acoustic guitar."

AnimalsAsSummit
December 2nd 2017


3306 Comments


thanks temp! im glad you get that atmosphere, biggest compliment ever dude... but to be fair we are nowhere near Towner level haha (except sam), although there's a lot of grit there as i mentioned, it doesn't even come close to that technical /compositional level imo

DoofusWainwright
December 2nd 2017


19893 Comments


Still need to check, bookmarked

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AnimalsAsSummit
December 2nd 2017


3306 Comments


interested in hearing what you think doof

TheCynic
December 2nd 2017


119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm enjoyed this album alot

AnimalsAsSummit
December 3rd 2017


3306 Comments


happy to here that cynic!

temptationFruit
December 15th 2017


16 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Such good shit dude, seriously. If I smoked weed I would smoke to this haha

SadSquad
December 17th 2017


6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well damn this rules

AnimalsAsSummit
December 18th 2017


3306 Comments


thanks homies!



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