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THE FUTURE SYMPHONY

Loss Of A Child

 

Post Rock/Math rock

2.98 | 4 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'The Future Symphony' - Loss Of A Child (6/10)

The first release of this UK-based band, the realm of post-rock is explored in fair detail. If you have listened to post-rock much in the past, add some extra symphonic sounds and you can have a fair idea of what their sound is all about. 'The Future Symphony' is a running piece of music; that is, something that could be considered one single, epic-length song broken down into song-sized pieces. This gives a good sense of cohesion and album-appeal to the work, although it means you're not going to get any typical well-written single songs in the conventional sense. There are plenty of sections here that have a good sense of beauty about them, but after almost an hour of what ends up sounding like the same idea going over and over again, it can get tedious, more or less...

One of Loss Of A Child's greatest strengths is their ability to integrate heavy classical overtones into a post-rock soundscape. However, the purely classical 'symphonic' passages really don't end up working, seeing as there is a very artificial sound to the string sections. It ends up sounding like someone is messing with the different instrument settings on a keyboard in a music store. A big reason for the sameness throughout is that the same instrument combinations are used basically the whole time. The guitars make the expected sort of guitar textures and atmospherics they normally do in the genre, drums gently play in the background and most pronounced is the classical piano playing overtop everything. The piano can be a nice touch in places, but it loses its power when it's played doing the same thing most of the time.

The production is not superb, but solid for a debut. The musicians show alot of talent and potential with their writing on this album. There are definate changes that should be made further down the line, but a convincing blend of aesthetic beauty and haunting atmosphere makes for an enjoyable experience that has alot to offer if one is willing to overlook the flaws.

Conor Fynes | 3/5 |

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