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SUPERDENSECRUSHLOADFACTOID

Superdensecrushloadfactor

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.90 | 2 ratings

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colorofmoney91
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4 stars Avant tranquility.

Had I not known that Superdensecrushloadfactoid were compiled of unreleased tracks, I would've assumed that it were just an EP, the next step in Superdensecrushloadfactor's (so far) short but delightful discography. Ultimately, this really does sound like a rather effective EP effort than tracks that didn't make it onto, or possibly weren't seen as good enough for, the two previous albums. Regardless, it's nice to see that these tracks now see the light of day.

Though this compilation does share the same DIY recording production as the previous two albums, the overall mood is a bit different. Personally, my absolutely favorite moments on Decease Estates were the quiet, emotional passages that felt like a more organic, authentic, and interesting version of emo heavyweights American Football. Almost as a gift from the heavens, Superdensecrushloadfactoid is a 23-minute expansion on that one sound -- not short enough to feel insignificant, but not long enough to feel one- note. The production and the effects used on the instrumentation (and overall submerged- in-water feel) remind me of the sound on Boris' beautiful droney post-rock epic, Flood. In fact, the guitar solo on "No More Ordeals" shows a similar fuzzy tone to that of Wata (Boris), and the two-part "Needles" suite uses echoed guitar loops not unlike those used by Robert Fripp.

There is a bit of a post-rock influence on this album, but, again, the songs aren't long enough to get boring but aren't short enough to seem pointless -- they're right in the middle, just perfect as little vignettes of emotionally charged composed sound.

One thing that might be missed by fans on this release is the powerful drum sound of the previous albums -- on this compilation, there are only two songs with percussion (one of which, "Fftsta", is entirely tribal solo hand percussion). "Sterile Rooms", a super- condensed mini-epic of sorts with five parts in under three minutes, is the other track with percussion and is the closest to sounding like material on previous albums. It serves as a great introduction to the album, starting off with a familiar style, before diving into the remaining tranquility. Even then, though, "Dilapidation Log" is quite a dark, atmospheric, acoustic track with a droning low note that is slightly unnerving and anxious, before the "Needles" suite lays down a dreamy soundscape. The most unnerving part of this release, however, is the "Emotional SONG", a short dissonant soundtrack to a grotesque haunted circus that nearly made me jump out of my seat, recoiling as a reflex to the potential horror which may have been set loose upon my fragile mind. Fortunately, "Sedge" works a great acoustic-based closer that fits my emotional requirements. When I hear it, my mind paints a picture of sitting on the edge of a mountain, overlooking the misty tops at dawn and the rivers below.

Despite being a short collection of unreleased tracks, this compilation works well as a tranquil EP counterpart to Superdensecrushloadfactor's previous two albums, confirming my belief that Gabe Buller is as well versed in pure emotion as he is in complex, avant-garde composition.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |

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