2017-09-25 16:19:58 UTC
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks. The music stretches the sound towards different directions and sonic avenues, highlighting a dramatically diverse approach song by song. On “The skyline was beautiful on fire”, the artist strikes for a haunting and gritty vibe, with deep beats and lush sonic atmospheres. “Is that your personal narrative?” features a more melodic approach, with quirky melodic samples that almost remind me of old mellotron flute tones and other tasty vintage synths. With “Your Thoughts are powered by stardust, too”, These Are Truly The Last Day experiments with tasteful sonic drones and upbeat grooves, marking yet another different sonic experiment for the project.
One of my favorite tracks on this release is certainly the song titled “Gardens, we hope”. Closing in at slightly under the 7-minute mark, this track is probably one of the most dynamic compositions on the album. It starts with a simple, bare melody, and later morphs into a characterful composition with lots of drones, glitchy samples, and cool reverberated beats. “Think, my friend” is probably the shortest song on the record, serving as an interlude of sorts between “Gardens, we hope” and the coda, of the album, consisting of a beautiful two-part composition. “The moral high ground” is also an impressive composition featured on this album, split into two different parts and going for a very brooding tone.
These are only some of the most fundamental highlights in this particular release, as each and every song really deserves to be explored in full. The entire album really oozes charisma, with its retro-sounding synthesizers and unorthodox approach to beat making techniques and production aesthetics.
- the skyline was beautiful on fire - 05:12
- is that your personal narrative? - 06:30
- your thoughts are powered by stardust, too - 03:33
- the precipice of a lie - 07:30
- yes, let's - 05:36
- all tomorrow's party rounds - 04:42
- gardens, we hope - 06:46
- think, my friend - 01:56
- the moral high ground, part 1 - 05:00
- the moral high ground, part 2 - 05:20
- habits don't help here - 05:32
electronic, ambient, postrock
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