MP3 Outpost Zeta - Coma
Coma is the first of five EPs to be released over the course of 2011 that will make up their debut album Cipher Zilch.
3 MP3 Songs in this album (13:01) !
Related styles: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Electronic: Ambient, Mood: Brooding
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Outpost Zeta''s debut album ''Cipher Zilch'' is a concept album about a man who tries to piece his shattered life back together after he is in an accident and loses his long-term memories. Slowly, as he begins to remember fragments of his past, he realises that he was never the man he wanted to be and as he tries to come to terms with his past, he tries to create a better future for himself. The album follows Cipher through his accident, his recovery and his restructuring of a life he never wanted.
Their debut EP “Coma” is due for release on the 28th of January 2011 and it is the first of five EPs to be released over the course of the next year. These five EPs will make up their debut album “Cipher Zilch”. The first track on “Coma” is titled “Nightmares”, which starts off with some thunderous drums, accompanied by some equally dramatic analog synth-sounding effects. Next comes some sounds reminiscent of old Vinyls being played backwards, followed by woodblock and bass drum sounds which slowly build up the percussion on the track. Once these have set the rhythm and tempo, we start to hear more analog synth-sounding effects which create the impression of cosmic/alien interference. Finally, from these sounds bursts some lush synth pads/strings as well as some gated synths and all of this just within the first minute and a half. The track is an incredible soundscape, which has been composed and arranged to perfection by a band that obviously knows it’s instruments inside-out and how to use them to their full potential. If I had to describe every sound on the track then I would be here for an eternity but it would suffice to say that the track is an orgy of sound and a real treat for the ear. Even demonic whispers find their way on to the track and add to the overall intensity of this cinematic nightmare-world of sound that Outpost Zeta has created.
The second song on the EP is “Am I Not OK?”, which begins with the tailed-off rainstorm sounds from “Nightmares”. These are again accompanied by some echoed woodblock sounds, which slowly become clearer and sit comfortably in the mix amongst the beautifully plucked guitar. This song is the first time that we are allowed to hear singer Kyle MacKenzie’s amazing voice, as he gently guides us through this haunting lullaby in a style similar to that of the great Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Their is a beautiful simplicity to this song and there is nothing there that doesn’t need to be, just MacKenzie’s subtle vocal melodies, glistening guitars and keys and basic/clear percussion.
Finally, as cymbals crash to signify the end of “Am I Not OK?”, they also proclaim the beginning of the last track on the EP “Wake Up”. “Wake Up” blends well with “Am I Not OK?”, yet it is a more complex track with more things going on. For example, as the cymbals crash, the guitar and keys become a lot more involved and a strummed acoustic guitar is also added in to the mix. The vocals on “Wake Up” remind me of Matthew Bellamy of Muse and the vocal harmonies along with the developed percussion are definitely the heroes/highlights of the track for me.
If you are a true music fan, who has an eclectic taste and enjoys diversity… then this is the EP for you!!!