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I Am The Cosmos - Monochrome (2013)

18-11-2013, 17:42
Indie | Electronic

I Am The Cosmos - Monochrome (2013)

Artist: I Am The Cosmos
Title Of Album: Monochrome
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Elastic Witch
Genre: Electronic, Coldwave, Indie
Quality: AAC 256 Kbps
Total Time: 45:53 min
Total Size: 100 MB


01 Lost Rhythm
02 Wide Awake
03 Look Me In the Eye
04 Monochrome
05 Yves Klein Blue
06 Take What You Want
07 Esque (feat. Daniel McAuley)
08 Dislocate
09 Leaving _ The Shift

Seeped in analogue equipment, the nine tracks here explore a similar aesthetic pinpointed by the Mariah song: the influences range from ambient Brian Eno records to Italo disco to the moodier side of ’80s synth pop, “tears on the dancefloor” as Murphy called it. Turner doesn’t so much sing as sulk in reverb over eight of the album’s nine tracks which reins in the persistent ryhthm of the instrumentation and injects it with languid melanchola.

That moodiness is ably matched by some fine synth work, the kind that can only be made by real machines, not computers. “Any digital sounds we used were put through an amp in a room to put some air or breath around them,” Murphy told Vice. As such, there’s a enveloping warmth to the arrangements (aided by production by Solar Bears‘ Rian Trench).

After the four songs on the album that were previously released ( the awesomeness of ‘Lost Rhythm’, ‘Take What You Want’, ‘Yves Klein Blue’ and an updated version of ‘Dislocate’ were previously established), highlights include the bassline and synth match of ‘Look Me In The Eye’, the pulsating neon drive of the title track and possibly my favourite of the lot ‘Leaving/The Shift’, a track which the pair offer a clue where the project goes to next, where an ambient denouement leads to a hypnotic whirlwind of synth notes, electro rhythms and funk guitar.

For some, the track which sticks out like a sore thumb, the avant-garde leaning ‘Esque’ will be a highlight. The ultra-high falsetto vocals of Cloud Castle Lake’s Daniel McAuley will either impress or annoy you and unfortunately, I’d be in the latter camp. Though the track is not without merit and serves as a welcome attempt at breaking the palette of the album, I find the choir-boy falsetto, personally, a little grating. However, ‘Esque’ is a positive sign that there’s may be more for I Am The Cosmos to explore in future. Still, Monochrome shows that immersion into a limited palette can make for a high calibre album.

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