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Saturday, November 24, 2012

SKiLTRaX - Big Bad Wolf review

Year : 2012
Genre : Trance, Dance with an Ambient demeanor
Label : Independent
Origin : United States
Official site : > - here - <

Connecticut based SKiLTRaX considers himself to be an individual gifted enough in the ways and machinations of music to take and shape and transmit the layers of sound his inner ears hear into eloquent audio reality, though he never felt an urge to try and convey his ideas on an analogue instrument. (At the end of the day, all sounds are digital anyway, monumental tribal drums played by a rampaging Godzilla - included.)

The name of the game is straightforward, bright-brisk trance/dance music with genuine thought and imagination behind it, this time submitting keenly to a laid back, ambient behavior that reigns oh, so thankfully free of everyday average tendencies of stale domination. The prime requirements that are necessary to sport the capacity to contribute a trance declaration into a form which could be a privilege to be immersed into, are all possessed AND given. Read on to know more about the disc.

The Big Bad Wolf LP primarily is an instrumental package, and, though SKiLTRaX references many of his personal influences on his website, the main modal/mood-fascination his music reminds me of, is that of VNV Nation - in character. Tastefully restrained gloom and a willingness to waste that gloom for a while and have fun instead, are courting each other during the tracks, and this is a sentiment I quite frequently tend to harness from the music of VNV Nation, too. Even the instrument choices are similar, in my opinion. The main lead synth conveys the retro raw charisma of the most ancient Detroit techno synth, while the backbones of the respective builds are the harmonic archways and beneficial sonic collisions themselves that occur between the participating audio elements. SKiLTRaX, thank God & Co., sounds to be more interested in the sonic environment that is formed as a hive-dynamic when multiple sound-entities are populating the sonic landscape, and he is not all that much concerned with the institute of the lead sequences, not on this particular record, anyway - though I remain curious to hear a declaration from this artist on which he exhibits a more pronounced reliance on the well defined hooks, and, for the strong central theme.

The album sports no notable shortcomings in its fabric, as it remains a soberly paced and tightly focused overall effort all throughout its carefully calibrated and smartly limited anatomy. The album is the epitome of anti-overproduction, which is a beneficiary notion in this context. Still, I'm going to say that two-, or maybe a couple of more ornamentic channels per songs to serve the ears out in absolutely shameless sexual fashion, could elevate the fabric of things to the next level.

SKiLTRaX knows the moment by which an idea is about to be begging to be traded for a subsequent another, and the only minor qualm I have is related to the infinitesimal amount of female vocals on the disc : it is not the amount itself that I have a sentence or two to bitchwhine about, it is more like that the lady who is singing on the release, is - I'm going to say this, Luke : I'm your Papi, and she is singing juuuust a little bit flat, which is a very easy mistake to commit, and even easier to correct. On the other hand, hearing her singing THIS way is more entertaining (khm... tolling... khm) to bear than if she'd deliver the line on the correct frequency railway, so I'm not sure what other thing I should tell you then to listen to it yourself and decide how it affects you, as it won't necessarily be the same way it affected mewrqwefadf. (and haha).

In conclusion, the whole album deserves the attention of any and every individual who is fond of a retroid sci-fi form of melodic trance/dance with an ambient, laid back demeanor - VNV Nation at its most pronounced form, ancient Astral Projection - which is a good thing - most of the time. Surprisingly enough, the Big Bad Wolf LP is a pleasant surprise, and, on a personal note, my favorite YouTube Let's Player is from Connecticut, too! At least, I think so. If you name that person in the comment section below, I will fulfill a wish you ask of me if I have it in my power. In the meantime AND during, check out this decent SKiLTRaX release at the official site > - here - <

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