65daysofstatic
replicr, 2019


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
September 27th, 2019 | 56 replies


Release Date: 09/27/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A soundtrack to whatever you want...

65daysofstatic have always favored experimentation above everything else. They shape shift their volatile compositions constantly, mixing multiple influences from math rock, post rock to techno, IDM or ambient music. Each LP brought something different to the table and no matter how far they ventured, they always shared a familiar sense of urgency and a dense atmosphere. Besides this, the songs usually evoke a futuristic, cinematic vibe, while standing out from most of their peers’ output. In 2016, the group decided to take things to the next level, dabbling into algorithmic music, experienced first on the excellent No Man’s Sky game soundtrack. That was a starting point that led them to craft custom synths, generative sound scapes, live coding and even writing software to create new tunes. On the other hand, despite their minutious approach, it feels as if they have let themselves go as a unit, venturing further into the unknown.

The latest record, replicr, 2019 resides in a sonic universe named Deconstruction Theory. Built and expanded during the past couple of years, these experiments both successful and failed were given a shape and purpose in order to be digested by fans. This is the sparsest and most fragmented 65daysofstatic project, as well as the most abstract. Aside from the communique offered by the band, you get no background whatsoever. The title doesn’t give away anything and the artwork, album & track titles resemble a folder of random tunes found on a computer somewhere in a dystopian, sci-fi world if you want. It’s your job to reconstruct the plot from here and it’s your choice to take or not into consideration the group’s opinion on the music. We’re given an almost blank canvas to imagine ourselves whatever we wish. Nevertheless, after a listen, it feels as if the whole affair reminisces a film noir soundtrack.

There are 8 main tracks that borrow elements mostly from ambient, noise, glitch or post rock, surrounded by droning, industrial music-oriented interludes that Cryo Chamber would love to get their hands on. When listened to in one sitting, everything seems to just meld into one uncanny, melancholic, post-apocalyptic trip. The sentiments these tracks evoke vary significantly; for example there’s a tensed dread of some impending disaster on ‘stillstellung’, whose raspy main synth soars louder with each passing minute over tribal beats. Meanwhile, ‘bad age’ boasts a thrilling marimba-like lead, complete with pulsing kick drums and haunting chimes. We can observe a Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross vibe all over replicr, 2019. Moreover, the droning bass and shrilling, high-pitched notes that grow steadily on ‘sister’ can accompany a murder scene in a thriller movie, whereas ‘popular beats’ toys nicely with minimal drumming and a mesmerizing collection of noisy pads. The latter might seem lazy when compared to its expansive predecessors, still, each tune here has an identity no matter how obtuse. There’s cohesion in this collection of songs, so that matters most. Comparisons are inevitable, yet looking back at how the band changed directions, fans should be open to hearing something different every time. ‘five waves’ follows, slowly unfolding to a more recognizable piece of music for those who prefer their 65daysofstatic closer to No Man’s Sky or Wild Light. The cosmic vibe of ‘interference_1’ displays a more optimistic tone too, as if something positive is waiting to be found. However, interludes ‘[]lid’ or ‘u| || | th | r| d’ gently crush that feeling, descending into darker ambient territory. Album closer, ‘trackerplatz’ delivers some of the most beautiful moments here, mixing warm bass synths with lovely, but mournful piano notes. The wailing “alarm” in the background augments the melancholy and so do the effects-soaked guitar washes towards the end. This music definitely invites polarized perspectives on its sound, so others might find the song brighter than I do.

To conclude this otherworldly journey, replicr, 2019 might be harder to get into, especially for fans who prefer the intense dynamics of earlier records. The band emphasizes considerably on ambient, drone & diffused noise and the trademark powerful, loud drumming is almost nowhere to be found here. It’s like they scrapped most of their past explorations to start anew and that’s refreshing (for some, at least) or maybe this is the end of 65daysofstatic. They seem just as puzzled regarding the future from what they posted about the entire project (could be on purpose or not). Musically, No Man’s Sky: Soundscapes comes closest, yet there’s a darker tone and different mindset here. Despite these changes, I thoroughly enjoy the vast openness of these songs and I suggest leaving behind all preferences and expectations before delving into this universe. If interested, you can subscribe to A Year of Wreckage, to receive monthly an EP’s worth of material which amplify the experience and magnitude of this phase.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2019


4916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really got into the album and enjoy how open to interpretation is. However, I believe it will be polarizing for fans.



'trackerplatz' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l73eDjbpPzA

'popular beats' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH9tZ5z4dFg

'five waves' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph2V7KlA07Y



A Year of Wreckage project - http://65daysofstatic.bandcamp.com

Digging: Lionize - Panic Attack!

Demon of the Fall
September 27th 2019


14024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review. It's early days but I think you're definitely right when you say this could be divisive, they've gone in a more abstract direction - which I'm OK with as it wasn't exactly unexpected.



At least they're not just rehashing their old style(s) and are constantly evolving, the only slight backwards step in their discog was Wild Light (despite the fact I actually enjoyed it quite a lot).

Digging: Can Bardd - The Last Rain

JS19
September 27th 2019


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Did most of this album come out of their shows with procedurely generated music and experimentation cos it feels a lot like that might have played a huge part

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2019


4916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Demon - Thanks. I enjoyed Wild Light a lot too and I'm happy they keep exploring new ideas



@JS19 - Yes, the shows they played lately featured material from this album and the EPs released on Bandcamp each month (and most likely improvised stuff that never made it on any official recordings).

Demon of the Fall
September 27th 2019


14024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Do they still play old songs live? I've seen them a handful of times, but not for a good while now.

redrig
September 27th 2019


137 Comments


Well this is super experimental, these guys are officially far from post rock now which is not a bad thing right? Its probably gonna need many listens to settle tho.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2019


4916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't found many videos on Youtube from recent gigs, but they still play some old favorites. I really want to see them live, especially playing a mixed set with material from all records. Should be really interesting that way





JS19
September 27th 2019


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They played all sorts when i saw them in August

kris.
September 27th 2019


15506 Comments


can't wait to zone out to this. 65dos never disappoints.

Prancer
September 27th 2019


1044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very cyberpunk sounding

onionbubs
September 27th 2019


12195 Comments


oh shit didnt know this was coming out today dope

Digging: The Chariot - Long Live

PostExistance
September 27th 2019


24 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review man. I might have to check this out but their not my cup of tea

RustCohle
September 27th 2019


337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is very nice!

Digging: Fen - The Dead Light

zakalwe
September 27th 2019


29334 Comments


Interesting stuff.

DreamAgain
September 27th 2019


1157 Comments


song titles are cringe tho

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2019


4916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Let that be the smallest issue lol

Taxt
September 27th 2019


1367 Comments


Sounds cool, nice review.

gravityswitch
September 27th 2019


12 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hey first comment here !



Big fan of everything that band has created, except this one. I think I'm not in the mood right now. It's agonisingly boring. The best moment is the quiet guitar strumming at the last minute of the last song.



Stop doing ambient soundtracks and get back to post-rock you fucking brits.

Demon of the Fall
September 27th 2019


14024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey, get out of here with that anti-English bobbins.



Maybe give it a bit more time, although as the reviewer said this is likely to be divisive. I for one am glad they’re not just churning out 2nd rate copycat post-rock albums like so many of their piers. It’s not as though TFOM or OTFAT are going anywhere, they’ve been there, done that etc.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2019


18929 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Absolutely lovely review, really got the shape and sense of this across and I enjoyed listening a pinch more as a result.

Can see this splitting people [123] but am very on board with it. trackerplatz>Radio Protector, convince me I'm wrong ;]

Digging: Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were



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