The Sonic Aesthetic: Tales From The Nocturn EP

sonic-aesthetic-coverI wouldn’t have gotten much done this weekend if it hadn’t been for The Sonic Aesthetic’s latest release, Tales From The Nocturn EP. I saw that it was only 17.3 minutes, so I put it on loop while attempting to clean my apartment. This was a good move on my part. For such a short span of an EP, there’s enough music to keep you going for hours. The repetitive electronic soundscapes are trance-like, yet moving, and constantly developing at their own leisurely pace. After a while, it’s like you’re not even listening or paying attention, you’re just bathing in it, letting the sounds wash over you.

Alright, so there’s three songs on this EP, and I’m going to tell you about all of them: We begin with ‘Mendicant Adventures’, a head-bobbing pace-maker. If I were to personify this song it would look like a well-groomed playboy with expensive taste and a relaxed, care-free demeanor. You’d find yourself going into one of his parties, and he’d be there at the door to cooly introduce you to himself and the setting, “Welcome to my club, ladies and gentlemen/You may call me Mendicant Adventures/Make yourself at home/Yes, I know this is a very fancy room we’re in right now, but please, don’t freak out about it/Go enjoy the food and drinks over by the neon stage/If you need anything I’ll be in the control room dishing out these bumpin’ tunes.” It’s a four-to-the floor journey through an electronic jungle of sounds. Sweeping pads, arpeggiating synthesizers, and a well accented hi-hat that knows no end. This seven-minute track seems to go by much faster than it should. By the time you hit the break at the four minute mark, the place where the song could have ended quite comfortably, you’ll realize there’s three more minutes to go.

This track leads well into the next four-four piece, ‘Dark of the Moon’, which is very similar, only with a more curious feel to it. The feeling asserts itself by way of an ostinato melody that seems to be both answering and responding to itself constantly, and bouncy staccato phrases. Like I said, this music puts you in a trance, and you begin to forget it’s even going anywhere as you’re moving along. It’s only when we reach the last track, ‘The Paradol Chamber’, that we see a different, more cerebral side to this EP, which is expressed through chromatically inclined melodies that seem to be exploring the boundaries of the song. This track is also the only of the three that is devoid of that relentless kick-drum.

Overall, there are a lot of really great, happy sounds in this EP, I mean that both instrumentally as well as compositionally. It’s a chill listen, and I’d recommend you let it loop a few times while performing some mundane task like sweeping or writing. There’s nothing here that will really jump out to shock you or grab you by the pigtails, so don’t worry about anything. I’d recommend this for your library if you’re like me and like to come across a surprise pleasant tune while on shuffle…9/10

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