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5ive : Versus

This EP was released as a very limited edition version of the 'Kid606 VS 5ive's Continuum Research Project' split 12". There are two major differences between the releases. First off none of Kid606's tracks are on 'Versus'. Also the third track, 'Man Or Maker...' is not present on the split. In fact when originally recorded it wasn't supposed to be a 5ive's Continuum Research Project track at all. But more about that later.

The music on this album can be split into two seperate directions because of the third track. The main direction is the stonerish "wall of sound" drone/doom that most people connect with this band. Compared to their earlier releases the sound is very much the same, so how they manage to make each of the songs sound unique is beyond me. Still they somehow do. Perhaps it's the hidden complexity of the music that allows this?

The second direction is the same as the one on Ben Carr's (their guitarist) side-project: The Theory Of Abstract Light. I can almost see the "Aha!" in your eyes as you read this. Yep, 'Man Or Maker...' was indeed originally meant for this project. The sound of this project isn't the powerful drone force that 5ive's Continuum Research Project produce. It's still drone, but it's much lighter and more... mathematical? I'm not sure it's the right word, but it's abstract at least.

Except for those who really want the third track or collectors, there's really no point in getting this EP instead of the 12" split with Kid606. Especially since you get more music from buying the split. But the music is still the same good stuff, so anyone who likes this band, if you do get the chance of picking it up, it's not something you are likely to regret.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Soma
2. Reso-I
3. Man Or Maker...

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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