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3 stars It's All Relative

Creative People Must Create

There are things I simply can't understand. For example, that star. People with much bigger brains than me tell me it may not actually be there any more.

It may be long dead.

Staring into the enormous void, that star looks real. It exists. It appears to be glowing, intense, coldly sparkling in the vastness of space.


Yet It Isn't

So, back to POOR GENETIC MATERIAL, and creativity.

POOR GENETIC MATERIAL has been a going concern since Anno Domine 2000. Apparently it began with the core musicians, singer Philip Griffiths, guitarist Stefan Glomb and keyboardist Philipp Jaehne.

These three creative, restless souls must create, despite the logistical challenges of gathering the FULL eight creative types, also collectively known as POOR GENETIC MATERIAL.

Got that? PGM-Core, if you will, this trio.

The single

We hear gentle acoustic guitar enter, then quirky keyboards, and soon reflective vocals. Percussive bass sounds add depth and the music builds.

A definite shift comes with electronic sound effects, a near-mystical feel of cosmic sounds, and a questing chorus. There are layers of keyboards and textures of piano, synthesizer, sound effects.

The lyrics

From the perspective of our very own star, the Sun, we are evaluated, taught, faced with the nearly inconceivable truths that although this seemingly constant source of heat and light- is fading away into nothingness.

So what do we actually know?

Is this something upon which we can depend? Is there something behind this cosmic drama- after all the Sun is but one in a mind-bending array of Suns in an ever-expanding universe (multi-verse?).

Is it random, or is it purposeful.

You know- simple stuff.

So, back to creativity once again

The "answer" in this song, is that there is "re"creation. From death, new life. How and why this happens- well, you. must decide for yourself.

My rating: 3 stars. The ideas are 'stellar', yet I wasn't gripped as the music didn't really push me into new dimensions.

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Posted Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Review Permalink

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