CD Review

St. John's Eve – “Anhedonia”

By Marcus Pan

AnhedoniaSt John's Eve's Anhedonia is like an interesting contraption of sound. The opening track, 6:30 AM, tinkers funky and light into a waking alarm which leads into the debased and off kilter The Morning After. The pulsing rhythm that joins us later effects a foreboding feeling as it slowly static-sounds its way along. Not a big fan of this one.

The bongo rhythm of Exactly How Much More Can We Talk Part I picks up the pace a bit and infuses an African element into Anhedonia. Tappings in of wood blocks effect subtle changes to the rhythm giving the track a slight breath of air while keeping it minimal. After all the minimal percussions, the smoothe soundscape style of It's Time is welcome. It's Time certainly doesn't hang about much, but Part II of How Much More has a similar soundscape style, but infuses a more metallic rhythm into the mix to good effect.

Him is one of the loudest songs on the album with a deep simple bass and on top percussive taps later joined by sampled voices that rail at one another in a hellish make-up of cacophony. Strangely, I dig it. Likewise I enjoy the slamming rhythm of Why. A bit higher in volume, but still subtly controlled and downtrodden. Looking Back returns us to the quiter tones and moods of St. John's Eve. This theme continues until Anhedonia trances slowly to a brooding closure.

You'll find Anhedonia to be very subtle as a whole, with St. John's Eve mixing up very minimal elements to create pieces that still somehow manage to, for the mast part, stay alive and breathe and grow. A good solid downbeat is usually something that can be used as a good fertilizer for a slow growing yet still living piece of music. It doesn't blossom or explode; Anhedonia instead subtly collects itself as it moves on its brooding path quietly and on its own.

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