Year : 2011
Genre : Experimental / Progressive
Label : Ascendance Redords
Origin : Canada
Rating : 9.3 / 10
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Canadian six pack Unexpect smashes your definition of a term that already is long dead with a smile - the definition being : "epic" - via a declaration that has no other or any less of an agenda than to assault your musical awareness with constant focus being applied to the primal attribute of this LP : it does takes its listener, itself, and its own agenda to excellently entertain, sublimely serious.
Unexpect has pretty much zero regard or interest towards such orthodox elements of music as repetition and easily identifiable sonic structure. The name of the game herein indeed is the endless search for-, and the triumphant realization of the unexpected, now being brought to you via such a solid level of convince power that you will hardly have any chance to subject yourself to this outing and remain faithful to the original mood you got into it with.
Unless : you already are mindfucked, of course.
Fables of the Sleepless Empire is both a grandiose tribute and a rampant variation towards/on pretty much all genres of music that have even a slight bit of interest in-, or an intimate relation regarding any level or form of sonic intensity. Calling this record an everyday average experimental project would be a waste of even an inept attempt to approach it for what it is and aspires to be : Unexpect's latest to date is a thorough, funnily demanding and immensely complex journey along a wide variety palette of archetpyical musical traits taken to their respective extremes via masterfully controlled intent. Intent, sticking to the position of being in constant, hilarious and shameless flirt with chaos and the mere charm of randomness. This ability of mimicking the beauty of randomness with an agenda to convince it to draw sonic patterns of integrity, is one of the steepest challenges of sound, and also a triumphantly realized one on this record.
Fables of the Sleepless Empire throws absolutely anything at you at any given time if and when it finds it as an acceptable plan to mock your awareness in a way you will have no chance to protest against. While the central intent behind the outing undoubtedly is to go for the sonic boom and project light on its surface to reveal vibrant colors of fluctuant complexity, the mere unleashment herein speaks a rhythmic and tonal language akin to that of intricate breaks and grooves, having little if any regard towards dry discipline and easily identifiable, instant musical functions.
The long-term and necessarily gorgeous ultimate function of delivering entertainment for the mere sake of it, is profoundly rendered and thoroughly worshiped - oxymoron? - simply by hiding the dormant, respective workings of any given musical function into these chaotic coats, behind these superbly constructed musical masks of myriad timbers and countless moods, invented to flatter and praise the aforementioned underlying, ultimate function they serve as valiant and vigilant ornaments for.
As noted, the record is intense for the most, spends its time with funnily presented gloom on a couple of occasions, and signs and respects its ever-present quest to address how it would - and how it DOES - sound if you would unleash the extremities of metal, ignited on classical music as fuel in its tank.
The cleverly offered moments by which you will find yourself to be subjected to a less pronounced nearness of the fair-enough-fractal-soundstorm, have a tendency to invoke playfully presented drama along a register that seems to reach for the promise of fairy tale gloom and related silent (sic!) suffering, only to kick it in the butt when the touch is about to be realized.
Production-wise, Fables of the Sleepless Empire serves as a primal source and testament on how meticulous attention to detail may draw extremely "crowded" - by notes and sounds - musical spaces without harming any participating sounds, or the mere fabric they express their existence in. In other words, the production is flawless on this one, and probably one of the most dense and most complex you have ever heard so far, this seems almost safe to be guaranteed.
Fables of the Sleepless Empire packs and stacks the skills to throw around your emotions as efficiently as it does the same thing with your awareness levels, having the ability of touching you at places you never knew you had, this being a rather pleasant extra co-incident.
Rating : 9.3 / 10
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