Nocturnerror
Last Seconds Of Resentment Required


3.5
great

Review

by Jots EMERITUS
August 15th, 2020 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ♬ useless data bores the masses ♬

Some moments on Nocturnerror’s mini-album, Last Seconds of Resentment Required, demonstrate what might be a first in comparable music - or, at least, a severely under-utilized tactic. Not the only artist to condense musical epics into shorter runtimes, Italy’s Carmine Laurenza, aka Nocturnerror, takes a more demented route, compacting musical bouts of psychosis into dense melodramas. Pieces which could easily be ten-minute long detours with several acts, distinct sense of place and traversal, instead feel like several layers of consciousness. The movement feels more surreal than actual, as though you’re confined to an operating table, and everything else out of body moves in blurred fast-motion.

Stylistically, Nocturnerror thankfully avoids the timeworn tropes of most modern dark ambient (most of which lately requires cinematic powers of suggestion to project more into an album than what is in actuality there: likening the music to a horror film is the common route), and instead veers more into deconstructed club ideals and post industrial tics. It’s all arranged in such a way that it’s tough to be allegorical, really, as I’m not sure what sounds like this, embodied. Opener “Blue Circle” pulses with mechanized Gregorian hums, and scattering critters (assuming they’re alive) that do little to truly disturb, aside from being underfoot. Paired with the gasping and fantastical setting, and I can’t help but recall the soot sprites, or susuwatari, from Spirited Away, and to some extent the spirit No-Face. This is as subtle as it gets for want of inference, though, as things only get busier. Songs like “Fake Useless Dialogues” and “No Radio Wave Transmission” succumb to grime and excess, with deep, rattling beats, chopped synths, grinding drones, and non-linear patterns.

It’s wise for the format of Last Seconds of Resentment Required to be a concise one, reaching around twenty-five minutes or so, as the album can reach states of sensory overload; and a couple more subtle passages would have been necessary had Nocturnerror aimed for greater timelengths. Otherwise, the overlying monochromatic sound of the album might be more obvious and less exploitable: despite the dizzying array of tools used, much of the album seems to draw from a restricted colour palette. This isn’t necessarily damning, as it does help the spasmodic approach appear more focused, but it’s a risky and noticeable gambit. Penultimate track “Dust (Maybe)” is probably vital in elevating the album above such reproach, as it’s maybe the most human, tangible moment here. The thoughts are deliberate, melodies persist, and the song’s story arch is traceable to the album finale. It’s a necessary step back in an album that you wouldn’t trust to show such measured self-awareness.

As you continue listening to Last Seconds of Resentment Required, it less and less resembles decadence or fun, moreso taking the form of resignation, like reaching a state of sleep paralysis in a discotheque. Nocturnerror achieves this as a rounded chronicle, while also constructing songs with compressed, interwoven narratives of their own, rendering him both a talented producer and an unsettling conceptual artist.



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Jots
Emeritus
August 15th 2020


7563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://opaltapes.bandcamp.com/album/last-seconds-of-resentment-required

not *officially/physically* out until the 29th but it’s streaming

been a hawt minute



this was cool but yeah gotta go big for 150



brb gonna go sleep for like .. idk, shooting for 6 hours

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2020


4053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What do you mean by cinematic powers of suggestion? Love your writing. Listened to the first song and have to admit I wish it were longer, definitely get what you mean about it being very densely layered despite the length but.

Jots
Emeritus
August 15th 2020


7563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I mean that it has become a bit passé to validate a lot of subpar dark ambient by imagining it at a film score in order to boost its conceptual worth. I guess I could reword for clarification later when I’m back at a computer







but anyway I’m hesitant to call this dark ambient tho it has that influence



and thx hopefully this boy’s still got it

brainmelter
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2020


8376 Comments


sounds interesting, ghost pos

neekafat
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2020


26426 Comments


incredible review, love your use of imagery in the language

Winesburgohio
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2020


4081 Comments


god i love your writing tho

Jots
Emeritus
August 16th 2020


7563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it is what it do

Ryus
August 16th 2020


37510 Comments


as i live and breathe, a jots review in 2020

exciting times we live in

Jots
Emeritus
August 16th 2020


7563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ho ho ho (my exact words when I hit submit)

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2020


61308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed on pretty much all of your points (first line of the conclusion nails this boi), but any reason you don't unpack the above quote (or others) with reference to the album's information age/overload/death of attention span theme outlined on the bandcamp page and in the choice of titles? your line seems to be totally cogent with this (esp the several layers of consciousness point), curious if there's a reason why you didn't want to bring it into the picture?

oh, and nice summary

Jots
Emeritus
August 16th 2020


7563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I purposely ignore the included bandcamp themes/promo blurbs because I prefer to show that my own interpretation holds its own merit and tbh i think it’s more respectful and less sycophantic to use that approach. like, it’s a (mostly) wordless album, so, everything I mention in the review is based on the sounds I hear, nahmean. I don’t care all that much about the artist’s intent aside from maybe mentioning it in passing



tbh I didn’t totally understand your question so hopefully I sorta answered it



and yeah when in doubt, I use an unwound lyric and rarely think twice tbh

Ryus
August 16th 2020


37510 Comments


oh cool this is opal tapes

not sure if you guys have heard it but "All Lanes of Lilac Evening" on opal tapes this year is amazing

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2020


61308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you answered it lol. i find it a little ironic that you ended up zeroing on a loosely similar conclusion, but fair shit, that approach figures

and yikes just realised i edited that comment without taking out a reference to a previously overhead citation - my bad, gonna fix up some coffee

also/more importantly, this is nice please write more

Gyromania
August 27th 2020


37226 Comments


Nice rev. Sounds like something I'd prob dig



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