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Ex-Machina - Dystopian Dreams (2014)

31-08-2014, 21:05
Music | Electronic

Ex-Machina - Dystopian Dreams (2014)

Artist: Ex-Machina
Title Of Album: Dystopian Dreams
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Future City Records
Genre: Electronic, Synthwave, Retrowave
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 45:08 min
Total Size: 108 MB


1. Pursuit Through The Ruins Of The Old City (05:05)
2. Come Get Me (Feat. Dana Jean Phoenix) (04:28)
3. The Man From The Company (07:02)
4. Chrysalis (05:26)
5. Cyberpower (05:03)
6. Sophist (feat. SpekrFreks) (03:58)
7. Sector-17 Blues (06:18)
8. Bearclaw P.M.C (03:55)
9. Love Scene (03:57)

Ex-Machina: Dystopian Dreams - The temptation when one is crafting a sci-fi/cyberpunk dystopian world, whether it be an image or a story or a piece of music, is to just pile on as much stuff as you can. It’s easy to go overboard and if you’re not careful, what you’ve created is a bloated, junk-sick unrelated mess of clichés that don’t work together or individually. The smart creator is able to use subtlety and elegance to build a believable world.

This control is what pleases me so much about Ex-Machina and his newest release, Dystopian Dreams. This is an album full of wonderfully bleak imagery and storytelling. It allows us to exist at the end of the world, desperate for a normal life, normal love, normal worries. It is a tense albums at times and ponderous at others, but it is always introspective. That being said, it does not sacrifice tempo for tone.

Something that always worries me when I listen to a new record is the presence of long intros. A lot of old school EDM suffered (in my opinion) from long, pointless intros that sapped my interest before the song ever had a chance to really get going. So when I saw that Ex-Machina was pushing the one minute mark on some of his tracks I raised an eyebrow. Fortunately for me, these are smartly done intros and they add interesting elements before the meat of the track kicks in. Ex-Machina, like a master chef, knows how to serve just the right amount of appetizers, making sure we’re hungry for the main course.

‘Pursuit Through The Ruins Of The Old City’ is just that kind of track. It sets up an interesting background before the pursuit begins, and when it does you’ll feel yourself pushing your foot on the gas pedal. The second track, ‘Come Get Me’ is a great example of retaining a sci-fi/soundtrack sound while featuring great vocals. Once again Dana Jean Phoenix kills it and there really isn’t much else to say. You’re not going to see a lot of fluctuation in quality with DJP; she’s consistently on point.

‘The Man From The Company’ is perfect sci-fi. If I could recast Aliens and make Paul Resiser’s character a sinister, faceless agent of Weyland-Yutani, this would be his theme song. It’s also a good example of how Ex-Machina likes to explore different tempos and arrangements within a song. He isn’t afraid to slow things down and change the mood, because he’s able to retain the theme of the track and not lose any energy.

I’d also like to make mention of ‘Sophist’ featuring SpekrFreks. I’m not familiar with his work, but if this track is any indication of his talent, I’m interested. This is another great example of synthwave complementing vocals to great effect. This is Depeche Mode a century into the future, where most of the members are more machine than man. It’s wonderfully catchy but with a distinctive dark side to it.

My favorite track on Dystopian Dreams has to be ‘Love Scene’. It has perfect tone and atmosphere. I’m reminded of the moodiest Jan Hammer pieces from Miami Vice, but at the same time, there are elements of Vangelis in there, too. I can’t decide if I’m cruising South Beach with a broken heart or making a daring escape from Mars with my replicant lover. The guitar is sexy, mournful, and nostalgia-inducing.

Ex-Machina’s true talent lies in his restraint. This is a pitch perfect record that oozes atmosphere without going overboard with any one element. It’s an elegant album full of catchy riffs and thoughtful melodies that does an amazing job of telling many stories, all contained within the dreamscape of a ruined metropolis…

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