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Acrid : Caveman

Acrid is a one piece side project from Eoin Callery, keys player for Irish outfit Ergo Sum Papa. In all honesty, I've heard neither Acrid nor Ergo Sum Papa before, which is a shame as I'm about to go on to say wonderous things about Callery's solo project!

The short write up which came along with the demo states Callery's influences as ranging from Tangerine Dream to Pink Floyd, Burzum, Ulver and anything in between by the sounds of things. As far as a first listening goes, the Acrid sound is rooted heavily in those first two. There's perhaps some subtle influencing factors from Ulver's later techo-ey stuff, but that's about as much of a parallel as I can draw to the other influences mentioned. Being pretty open-minded though, I don't find that a bad thing in the least. A more appropriate comparison might, however, be Fata Morgana, or even Cintecele Diavolui, both of which are Mortiis side projects.

Summed up in a nutshell, this demo consists of one long instrumental, spaced out darkwave soundscape divided into 6 bite sized pieces. Phrases like 'reminiscence' and 'water-coloured memories' spring to mind in trying to describe the emotional journey this demo takes the listener on. For the vast majority of the time, I found myself happy to drift along with the music but at a certain point I found it a wee bit tedious and have to admit to skipping little sections on the second and third listening. This CD needs to be listened to when you've kicked back, turned the lights down and are settling in for some relaxation with an esoteric twist, not when you've just been listening to Entombed!

One of the most impressive things about this project is the fact that the music is largely improvised during recording. I'd say this enhances the emotive feel of the music, and probably saves some of the more sterile bits of the music from the danger of sounding a tad bland. Whilst I did enjoy this demo to a fair extent, and will probably give it another listen in future, I don't know whether it's something that should be played with full concentration. I think that might wear it out pretty fast!

Having said that, it's definitely worth a whirl if you're into gentle ambient soundscapes with a bit of a dark twist. I don't think that 'acrid' is the feeling you'll get from these dreamy soundscapes so if that's what you're looking for, back away now! If you want any further information though, or want to get hold of a copy of the demo, email Eoin at countchocula664@hotmail.com and I'm sure he'll be happy to oblige!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Caveman
2. Mostly the Good Times
3. Then They All Fall Down
4. Sirens
5. Revert
6. The Moral and the Story

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes

Visit the Acrid bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Keti Tano
No God Only Pain
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