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DOMINION

Jakob

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.58 | 6 ratings

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Any Colour You Like
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3 stars In a sense, Dominion is exactly what Jakob needed to produce. A truly epic ambient piece that stands alone as a summary of their entire work. Dominion is a 29 minute single track, released as a EP, that is based quite simply around simple layered guitar soundscapes and light drum patterns. There is little that will easily distinguish Dominion from any other ambient piece the band has done before - the exception being that it is much longer.

Herein lies the problem - it is essentially a mood piece. There is no chance that every person will like this song. It is overly long, some would say boring, but it was created to act as a flowing soundscape, devoid of lyrical clutter, nor needless aggression and noise. The real beauty of Dominion is that it just meanders along in a slow, purposeful manor, carrying the listener away on a soft cloud of noise. Every few minutes, the direction of the music changes slightly, varying the timbre and pace subtly, but it still feels like the pure stream never stops. Around the 20 minute mark, the typical Jakob darkness descends, precipitated by a heavier bass line and increased tempo.

Unfortunately Dominion suffers from being such a long piece, as it is not easy to focus the whole way through without feeling that the band could have filled the soundscape out much more, but as a minimalist ambient piece, I can think of little better. Dominion is an ethereal and gentle song that could quite easily be one of the best things the band has done; but suffers from a terminal lack of direction and overall impact.

Any Colour You Like | 3/5 |

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