Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Artist: Saltillo
Title: Monocyte
Format: CD
Label: Artoffact (@)
Rated: *****
The follow-up of the recently reissued debut album, Ganglion, is another strange mash-up of trip-hop, distorted violin, spoken word and is a concept album, a soundtrack to the comic book of the same name. The good news is this is vastly superior to the debut album in composition and production.
"ABEO" in the intro constructed upon some noises and the heavily distorted voice of the narrator. "Proxy" is the first proper track and is an uptempo based on the folky lines of the violin above the beat. "If Wishes were Catholics" is one of the few singed song with an, at least for the writer, unknown female vocalist and probably one of the singles due to the catchy lines. "The Right of Action" is another instrumental constructed with a violin melodic development upon an hip-hop beat. "They all do it the same" is reminiscent of, cited even in the linear notes, the work done by DJ Shadow in the definition of this genre. "Gate Keepers" features the return of the spoken words to describe the development of the plot and so "I Hate You" and "Forced Vision" continues upon this development track. "Hollow" is an instrumental track revealing the soundtrack project of this release. "Locus Priory" starts with a guitar lines suddenly replaced by a dialogue between cello and piano. "Veil" is the other singed track of the album and is reminiscent of all the metal bands doing some sort of crossover. "To Kill a King" close this release with an almost classic instrumental hip hop tunes that suggest an happy ending of the comic book.
This is an album without any truly original idea but so carefully constructed and well produced that it will find a place in any end of the year playlist of fans of the genre. Non only for the fans of the genre but also for any wanting to hear a pleasant release.