of montreal the controller sphere
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011

  • Posted by: Siobhan Fludder

Of Montreal's latest EP, The Controller Sphere leans its focus upon an exploration of smashed-up sounds and elongated instrumental moments engaging in artistic expression, as opposed to roughing out the typical confines of our wider known verse and chorus constructed melodies. Though only five tracks, the pure oddness of each creation within the EP deliver enough unique swells and bursts to hold the listeners attention for nearly every moment of electronic bustling. Most curious of all would be the stream-of-consciousness spoken word that is a common element throughout The Controller Sphere. Certainly, it is not a construction that will be easily swallowed by all. The utter confusion that surrounds ones first listen will either enthrall or repel the audience; it is clearly an instance where you either get it or you don't. Nonetheless, there is certainly an intricately creative mind behind the recordings produced with this mix and is an ideal blend for those currently scouring music's latest releases for their next mind warp.

"Black Lion Massacre" definitely captures the eerily intrusive tone best. Kicked off with an echoing crash, the track is immediately focused around a dispersed circuit of wind chime-esque clinks, which is just one manic laugh away from being the soundtrack to a horror movie. The off-putting beats then only increase in cryptic confusion. A bizarre, high pitched creak is infused alongside a darkly poetic monologue that describes a scene more chilling than the frightening movie it sounds like it's accompanying. Not all tracks are quite as obtrusive, however, and recognizable vocals find their way among the psychedelic sound effects pulsating through tracks such as "Holiday Call" and the inventively named "Flunkt Sass vs the Root Plume". Being quite unique in its make up, it is difficult to place an all-encompassing comparison, but with these tracks the most notable vibe seems to mimic The Beatles eccentric voyages throughout Sgt Pepper.

The compilation is evidently not for everyone, but certainly caters to the crowd that appreciates musical interpretations at their most abstract, thunder storm effects and all.


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