Scarypoolparty
Doom Hologram


4.5
superb

Review

by Scoot USER (40 Reviews)
October 31st, 2020 | 18 replies


Release Date: 09/04/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Weeknd, Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, The Antlers and Aphex Twin walk into a bar...

With one performance, Alejandro Aranda became an overnight sensation.

I'm talking (of course) about his 2019 American Idol audition that went massively viral. Aranda, a seemingly mild-mannered and reserved solo musician, delivered an original song titled “Out Loud” that blended technically impressive fingerpicking with crooning, ethereal cleans that caused Lionel Ritchie to audibly gasp at what he was experiencing. The producers of the show must have been high-fiving once Aranda had finished playing; it was clear that he was a very special talent. Capitalizing on his new-found success, Aranda found himself having played seven original songs by the time the finale came around. His uncanny ability to produce catchy melodies that captivated audiences around the word was simply extraordinary.

And then, he lost.

Just like that, the dream came and went. Aranda gave up his American Idol aspirations and opted instead to self-release his music under the moniker Scarypoolparty. 2019's Exit Form gave us a glimpse of his incredible genre-bending abilities, as well as including several songs that were already well known from his live performances on American Idol. Despite his widespread existing appeal, Aranda has decided to venture deeper away from any kind of a commercially attractive sound, instead opting to mix abrasive screams, industrial drums and unorthodox song structures into his pop sensibilities to create Doom Hologram. The result is stunning.

This is one of the most ambitious attempts at crossing genres I've ever heard from any musician, let alone an artist that could have easily sold out to make millions performing knockoff John Mayer songs. Aranda delivers soaring choruses and memorable vocal lines, the drumming varies from simple rhythmic grooves to maniacal, industrial blasts, and the guitar work (thanks largely to Nick DePirro of Night Verses) consists of crushing riffs and gorgeous harmonics. There is almost no way to predict where each individual track will end up; certain songs end up cycling though Aranda's entire catalogue of influences. Though this does carry the inevitable risk of coming off as too convoluted to some, the sheer depth of variety present in these forty-seven minutes is undeniable.

Doom Hologram is a massive, sprawling labyrinth of a release. There are elements of alternative and industrial metal, R&B, pop, classical music, djient, dubstep – the list goes on. Aranda has pulled out all the stops to create a strikingly unique album, pushing the boundaries of multiple genres and leaving no experimental stone unturned. As if to throw out a red herring, "Return2Sender" lulls the listener into a false sense of security. This ultimately sets the stage for the album to gradually morph into an unrecognizable finale in "Paradox", where the most visceral and violent section on the album suddenly disappears back into pure atmospheric bliss.



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Scoot
October 31st 2020


20364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this album is a fucking trip and a half



while some of it might come off as being overly bloated in parts, the sheer creativity behind the music is so impressive that it isn't anything more than a minor drawback



stoked to see where this kid goes from here

bananatossing
October 31st 2020


1565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yessss. Here, have a pos.



Man this is really unlike anything else I've ever heard. Only 8 songs but definitely feels like a full length (clocking at 47 min) and what a wild ride it is. Deserves so much more recognition.

Scoot
October 31st 2020


20364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

cheers guy

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2020


3571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Really nice overview of the artist/album. Gonna check this out, you make it sounds very interesting.

Digging: Moor Mother and Billy Woods - Brass

Ashtiel
October 31st 2020


1101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Angel Delete" and "Deathwave" are...nuts.

Scoot
October 31st 2020


20364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah his voice is insane



and now he's added screams to his range as well



the first half of paradox sounds like dillinger, it's bonkers



joshieboy
November 1st 2020


7852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good to see some reviews coming in for his music on here. I too first saw him on that viral American Idol audition and was immediately impressed. I prefer acoustic versions of his songs, but the industrial style is cool too. A ridiculously talented musician no doubt

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2020


12443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds very impressive. An American Idol talent goes on to collab with a Night Verses member? Talk about a turn around.



Idol contestants generally elicit a healthy dose of skepticism from me, but this sounds like it might break the mold. Consider me very intrigued.

Scoot
November 2nd 2020


20364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah it's pretty unreal, he could have easily just capitalized on that hype train but instead he went independent

SineEclipse
November 2nd 2020


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

So glad this finally got a review, this project is something else. The stretch from "Angel Delete" to "Judas" is absolutely killerrr

Scoot
November 2nd 2020


20364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

nick depirro has such a unique style with those tremolo picked harmonies, knew it was him right away

gschwen
November 2nd 2020


493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Angel Delete" is my favorite here.

SineEclipse
November 2nd 2020


98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Love the Around the Fur era Deftones vibe on that track, very Be Quiet & Drive

bananatossing
November 3rd 2020


1565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@SineEclipse Agreed. Sun Moon Earth is growing on me a lot tho. The drumming work there is insane.

Scoot
November 3rd 2020


20364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i can't get over paradox



that noise section is like grindcore, insane to think this guy almost won

jmar451
November 3rd 2020


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

We're happy he lost American Idol. He would not have been able to produce this type of music if he had won. He still signed with Hollywood Records but he has total license over what he wants to produce. His managers at Red Lion and Terrapin encourage his creativity.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2020


12443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is very impressive thus far. Haven't heard much like this.

bananatossing
November 5th 2020


1565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Either Deathwave or Angel Delete is my favorite. But man all of it is fire. Can't stop listening to this EP.



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