Myk Jung Zenith is Decline
By Marcus Pan
Vocalist Myk Jung of industrial acts The
Fair Sex, Testify and Nice Girls Bleed has stepped up his musical
maturity to create Zenith is Decline. It was his attempt to "bring forth
tears of emotion" as he pulled songs from his secret stash of sad melancholic
movements. Joined by his ten year old daughter Allegra on two tracks, Zenith
is Decline is certainly a very different movement from his previous
Reminiscent of work by David E. Williams vocally, with
deep bass laden monotones surrounded by experienced accoustic guitars and
controlled piano, the album shocked me as much as Delierium's difference
from Front Line Assembly shocked me. The seventeen tracks on the album consist
of nine balleds connected, introduced and closed by Flight I through
Flight VI, soft touching melodies of ambience and smoothness. Flight
I: Ellipse for example opens with lightly tapping piano that grows into
pleasant keyboard overtones interspersed with electronic movement and whispers.
Flight II: Bleach shows some of Myk's capabilities in
electronic music born from the experience with his industrial outfits. Allegra
joins us on A Dream of Sway, a surprising addition to the mix. She's a
sweet singer with the right touch of childishness without sounding too young.
At first listen I thought that the female vocals here was definitely young, but
until I read the press kit accompanying the CD I had no idea how young.
Allegra's already showing a strong singing ability at her young age and I can
only hope she continues as she grows up.
The old industrialized Myk sneaks a bit through on
Flight III: Fleeing, a heavy-handed combination of industrial guitar and
modern grunge. The phasing in of the deeper tones on the vocals on Beyond All
comes across sounding like more of a mixing error than a wanted aberration, but
Beyond All is a nice showing of a track that grows larger as it grows
older. Flight IV: The Innermost gets Halloweenish and edgy like the
previous Flight. I'm really digging these segues, in some cases more
than the ballads. I feel like the weird guy in the fancy restaurant eating only
the garnish sprigs.
Veiled brings us Allegra again, sounding somehow
younger than in the previous track. A sweeter melody sounds a sweeter voice.
Toys of Time is a favorite as it's one of the speedier tracks on
Zenith is Decline.
Zenith is Decline is certainly a departure from Myk
Jung's usual work and sound. While slight influxes of industrial guitar show up
in segues like Flight III and Flight IV, it remains slow moving,
accoustic and piano-based throughout. Vocals by young Allegra are a treat and
I'd like to hear more, and tracks that move a bit quicker than the other slow
moving melodramas such as Toys of Time are highlights as well.
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