By Ray Van Horn, Jr.
Every now and again a DIY project has the
capacity to impress, regardless of a lack of distributor. Sometimes that's the
rub; the aforementioned lack of external influences. Kenny Wright is the
mastermind behind Aureate, an electronic ambience entity whose work ranges from
sensual to energetic. Metamorphasis, his progeny, is an intriguing
digital excursion that plays on different emotions.
The corporeal opening track The Foreshadowing does
indeed have an omnipresent slinkiness, yet the slow luxuriance gives way to a
heavy dance track that comes unexpectedly making the most of his base melody to
dramatic effect. The funky bass of Tantric gives extra bounce to a song
that already has groove. Wright's piano melody sounds unhinged and carefree
within the opulence of his synths as he whispers sensuously within their
textures. In some ways, Tantric reminds of Enigma as does
Breathe, to certain latitudes, while the Gothic tinge of his synths on
The Unmerging releases a buoyant melody into a drum and bass
undercurrent that carries the track to driving satisfaction.
Seduction changes gears altogether, stymieing the
project into a Cure-like coma; the track is uncannily Robert Smith-esque and it
should almost ask forgiveness, yet for those who appreciate The Cure
Seduction lends a certain reflective charm. On the other hand
Chandeliers pounds out a six-minute-plus trance odyssey at home in any
club or boardwalk specialty shop.
At this point the listener has gathered that
Metamorphasis is full of mood swings, case evident on the snarling
Impetus which gives Kenny Wright's basic fugue melody an angrier stamp.
Afterwards, Nothing slows things back down, again embracing a
Disintegration-era Cure philosophy while Wright muses about his confused
sentiments, appropriate enough. For his Cure liftery, Wright at least makes the
most of it; it doesn't feel like theft as it does tribute.
Redemption is a rather gifted piece, reserved in its
tone for part of the journey. A song that captivates through closed eyes as the
piano grabs the senses then invigorates them as the song builds towards an
expressive climax. Finally, the near-20-minute title track is a journey unto
itself; one worth following all the way with its time signature changes,
including a rather boss calypso segment. Even as the track quiets down, Wright
incorporates more Enigma theory towards the piece's end, appropriate for the
morphing muse he embodies.
It goes to show the potential of creativity that isn't
controlled or interfered with. While Kenny Wright might have a tougher time
reaching his audience through his self-marketing, the satisfaction he derives
from his compositions undoubtedly compensates.
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