Steven K. Smith has more than 20 recording to his name both solo and collaboratively. He was the founding member of the post rock outfit MABOU from Cleveland, Ohio. His also worked with Jason Sloan in the acclaimed dark ambient project DOLMEN. In addition to A Signal In The Static he is a member of SPIRICOM with Columbus, Ohio guitarist Marc Cody. Smith lives outside of Kent, Ohio on a farm with his wife and a menagerie of animals.
A Signal In The Static - A Future Remembered
“A Future Remembered” is a new thought-provoking release by A Signal In The Static.
The project is the brainchild of Steven K. Smith, a talented and dedicated composer formerly known as the founding member of Mabou, a well-received dark ambient act. On this new musical adventure, Steven set out to create a tantalizing atmosphere with a stunning textural vibe.
A Future Remembered strikes with blankets of noise cutting through the air. Melodies swiftly overtake the layers of fuzzy, white noise and become more intelligible, paving the way for some beautiful guitar lines. The rhythm section is uncomplicated and refreshingly minimalistic, offering a backbone to the melodies, without ever overpowering the sonic aesthetics of this particular release.
The album is built on a lush and haunting layers of drones and textures, alternating atonal dissonances with compelling melodies. The sound makes me think of the work of artists as diverse as This Will Destroy You, Mogwai or Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Maserati, just to mention a few.
The record’s production is also worth being mentioned. The sound is understated and direct with a very organic quality to it. The album’s playlist extends throughout 10 tracks that stretch the album’s sound towards different directions - from the depth of post-rock to the cinematic atmospheres of ambient music and the experimental edge of electronica.
“Enemies from Orion” is perhaps one of my favorite songs on this release. The track begins with a brooding atmosphere, as the drones of noise and grime get consistently louder, leading up to an edgy drum and bass groove, making its way through the static.
“A Future Remembered” lives somewhere in that space where noise becomes melodies and melodies turn to noise, going for a stunning sequence of forward-thinking musical metamorphosis and transformational ideas that transcend the usual canons of post-rock, aiming for a more personal and experimental sound.
The songs on this album flow seamlessly like an engaging playlist, but they also stand out on their own, as every single track showcases a remarkable identity.
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