By Marcus Pan
I find myself terribly unimpressed with the loping
whining madness that is Siiiiis Ancient release. Put out by King
Sol Records, we find ourselves listening to tracks like Split with trepidation
unimpressive dirty drums and a whining vocal score permeate this opener
and sets us up for the amateurism and boorishness to follow. The agonizing
guitar seems to be off on its own, trying to find a place to be and failing
Originally Siiiii began in 1983, whined a bit, then
disappeared until 2005 when they re-appeared with little more wisdom in the
genre of creating musical score. Claiming versatility as their main
precursor to their music, I find this to be versatility only synonymous to
amateurity. And Split continues to annoy as I write this, high pitched
squeals from someone who shouldnt have been given a microphone.
Conception is Bauhausian in make-up, but terribly
recorded by someone who hasnt figured out how to appropriately set levels
and presence. Vocals are floaty above and theres accompying melodies, but
they are far below and trapped so low key that its blatantly
Thats the scenario on most of Ancient. It
really sounds ancient
and old, and slow and badly recorded. Overgrown
Eyes uses a slow moving grungy bass line to crawl along like a dying slug.
Dusts bassline is faster moving and breathes a little life into
the album that has spent the first three tracks dying slowly, but its
impossible to drag the rest of it along for any fun.
Speaking in Tongues is a reading of sorts, with
ambient ghostly backgrounds. The album tends to fade into the background for
me, trying to be artistic but only being boring. Equator is an
experimental mash up of badly played drums and stuff. I think Ive had
about enough, really. I cant recomment Ancient even to those fans
of 80s goth. Granted much of that was recorded a bit amateurish as well, but
Siiiii hardly even try to get it right.
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