LICK
Dark Vibe Order


3.6
great

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
August 5th, 2019 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark EDM for a mainstream audience.

Dark Vibe Order is the kind of electronic dance album capable of netting the genre new fans. This is a mysterious and brooding piece that, at times, echoes with shades of evil; each sludgy electronic beat tied to murky, unsettling depths. LICK’s debut is at times overly streamlined, but it comes with the territory of EDM – and the unique beats he concocts make it feel like a hellish rave.

The first several songs on Dark Vibe Order manage to successfully establish an atmosphere that is both ominous and fun. The industrial vibes on ‘Dawnless’ are gloomy and relentless, interrupted occasionally by sprawling synth passages that lend the whole experience a rather disquieting air. ‘Poison’ features Tori Letzler’s creepily sung verses amid a foggy, downtempo electronic sphere that evolves into something entirely unexpected by the end of its runtime. ‘No Way’ is driven by thumping bass lines and heavily textures synths, and feels simultaneously more expansive and approachable. ‘Disappear’ – which features Sara Skinner’s all-out pop chorus and blasting dance beats, sounds like it could be a radio breakthrough for LICK.

Dark Vibe Order sees an apparent shift towards lighter and more accessible tones as it makes its way into the second half of the tracklist, which comes in both appealing and unappealing forms. ‘Say’ is an example of the latter, where the soul-ballad vocal style feels almost comically misplaced. ‘Drop Draws’ is another misstep, featuring a plethora of low-pitched, autotuned vocal interrupts that do little to propel an otherwise forgettable tune. Despite this, LICK still manages to keep a pretty firm grip on his overarching mission statement, with songs like ‘Body’ (featuring Luna Aura) carrying on the eerie vibe of the record’s opening half albeit in a much more lighthearted/approachable fashion. ‘Runaway’, again featuring Letzler, is presented to us in its full-bodied form as well as an even better stripped down version which feels more natural. The record isn’t as consistently strong as one might hope after hearing tracks like ‘Dawnless’ and ‘Poison’ break down the door, but it’s about as unique as anything you’ll hear in modern mainstream EDM.

There are creative avenues here that remain unexplored because LICK errs on the side of accessibility – as opposed to indulging his darkest creative whims – but it’s also an interesting vibe for what amounts to dance music. It offers us a glimpse into what LICK could be with a little sage guidance. If you’re looking for some eerie vibes from a relatively unknown but ascending artist, then there are certainly cuts to be obtained from this record – even if it’s not wholly representative of LICK’s artistic potential.




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SowingSeason
Moderator
August 5th 2019


31903 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Rewrote this because (1) I felt like my initial review was unduly harsh, and (2) this really grew on me. Still not a perfect record, but I really enjoy it on a surface level.

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2019


4483 Comments


LICK is dope, I love this style of electronic music. considering seeing him open for Zeds Dead in September

SowingSeason
Moderator
August 5th 2019


31903 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

Have you heard this Brostep? I've been getting into dancier stuff lately and although I didn't like how much this record expanded into radio-friendly territory in the middle portion, I find myself enjoying it a whole lot more now. The best songs on this (see embedded) are incredible and just might be enough to make me want to bump my score again.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2019


4483 Comments


yep yep! haven't rated yet but love this style of super distorted/almost "electric" half-time. folks like EPROM/1788-L/Blanke/Rezz to an extent are all in the same vein and very very dope

peekatoad
August 6th 2019


14 Comments


Not my type of electronic music, but you nailed it by saying "radio-friendly" for sure

I'm sure i would like it better without any vocals throughout

" it’s about as unique as anything you’ll hear in modern mainstream EDM" as unique as what? can you give an example or two?

SweeneyTodd
August 7th 2019


2274 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

loved your review as always, but this album just sounds like Lorn if Lorn forgot how to make music

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TheGreatQ
August 8th 2019


2846 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I really liked your review, and the previews on iTunes made this sound really good. Listening to the full album though it kinda fell flat for me.

autoNamed
August 9th 2019


23 Comments


Damn, this is just dubstep

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joesmoe4000
August 9th 2019


646 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

very mediocre vibe order

"Dark EDM for a mainstream audience." why not call this what it is some very mediocre dub step i'll give it that it just didn't totally annoy me like the majority of dub step does.but the title made it seem a little interesting like it had something to offer.

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StonedManatee
August 10th 2019


179 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

LICK my dick this sucks. Not the worst darkwave/EDM I have heard, but this really bites. This is out of date by 8-10 years?



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