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65DAYSOFSTATIC - WILD LIGHT [LIMITED EDITION]
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From other reviews, it appears that it's just me but the refrains are just a little bit too uninteresting and the progressions in their repeat are just a little bit too slow and the variations from one repeat to the next are just a little bit too small. Perhaps this is intentional and the guys are really trying to push those limits. But to my ears, everything seems just that little bit too laboured and plodding giving an overall impression of tracks that just don't seem to hit the crescendos that their build-ups suggest. I do wonder if the soundtracking project hasn't cast a (wild) shadow over what is going on here. All of the above issues are not so important in soundtracking because the video is the focus but when audio is the focus, well, it's more of a problem.
I like the whole album, well enough - but I do struggle to remember many of the tracks even though I've listened to the whole thing well in to double figures. If nothing else, I've come to expect a great closer from 65dos - something to make me go...Woah!...and reach for the repeat button. Aren't We All Running, Radio Protector, Conspiracy of Seeds, Tiger Girl...Is Safe Passage a worthy addition to that quadrilogy...don't think so. At the end of Safe Passage, I find I'm rather happy to be moving onto something else.
Opener 'Heat Death Infinity Splitter' begins with glitches and sampled vocals that recall 'The Fall of Math' but quickly progresses to a Mogwai-esque chord progression played through an enormous synthesiser that will feel familiar to fans of Paul Wolinski's side project Polinski. Album stand-out 'Prisms' comes closest to the EDM sheen of 'We Were Exploding..." but builds to a more epic feeling climax. The Undertow recalls John Murphy's soundtrack for Danny Boyle's 'Sunshine'. 'Blackspots' and 'Sleep Walk City' have more of the frenetic pace and noise of early 65 albums, the latter segueing into a piano progression that recalls 'Radio Protector'. 'Taipei' is probably as close as 65 come to Sigur Ros's brand of uplifting post-rock, albeit in 5/4 time and a healthy dose of distortion and bit crushing. 'Unmake the Wild Light' builds an apocalyptic tension before unleashing a guitar lead that would feel at home on 'One Time for All Time'. Closer, 'Safe Passage' brings back the enormous synthesisers and ends the album on an uplifting (by 65 standards) note.
It's become a cliche to describe 65's work as a soundtrack to an as-yet undiscovered sci fi film, but of all their previous work, Wild Light feels closest to their alternative soundtrack for Silent Running. Not so much in its sound, more in the consistency in the the way it feels that there's a story being told.
For me, 'Wild Light' largely overcomes this. It's listenable throughout, with a consistent level of intensity which makes it feel like a unified soundscape, somewhat akin to Ulver's 'Perdition City'.
However, there's another problem here. The band have clearly gone for restraint in a lot of their tracks, and while that's generally not a bad thing, these PARTICULAR tracks beg for the huge release at the end of the long build-up.
The single, 'Prisms', is a case in point. From its opening moments, you can just feel a sense of anticipation, and you know this is going somewhere huge. Unlike a few of the others on 'Wild Light', it does actually get there - and the result is about 30 seconds of epic post-rock guitar splendour which even the likes of Sigur Ros and Porcupine Tree would have difficulty surpassing. But that's the thing: it's 15 SECONDS. And you have to wait a full four minutes to get there. This I find a little disappointing; it makes me want to skip the build-up and just go straight to the good bits, which surely defeats 65's purpose. Not saying I don't like what you've done, guys - in fact I F**CKING ADORE IT. Just do it for a bit longer, ok?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great album, I both this as a bundle with Fall of Math, which I like a little more than this one, but still a fantastic listen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JadubC
The first listen gave me chest pains...in a good way. It felt like I had fallen over a cliff (again) at the end. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a present, so am in no position to rate it. I'm sure it will be fine. Thank youPublished on 4 Dec. 2013 by Joyce
Only recently discovered the band. Early stuff is more rock with electronica thrown in, this is the reverse, although it is equally sublime, if not better. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2013 by Barking_Mad
65DAYSOFSTATIC have excelled themselves with their latest offering, This band really know how to make a fantastic sound and have matured in a short length of time, they are... Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2013 by P J Merrall
You almost feel sorry for 65dos, given the weight of expectation that greets new material and the differences between what subsets of their fans are hoping for. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2013 by Richard Silverton