theendisthebeginning - master machine
Release Date: 11/10/2009
Record Label: The Brown Noise
theendisthebeginning is an ambient indie five-piece from California. Mixing dream-like vocals with their atmospheric sound, they create mesmerizing and sometimes catchy grooves (yes, I just used the word grooves). A self-described “five headed beast breathing a sonic fog,” theendisthebeginning here give us five songs displaying their affinity for ambiance and alluring melodies.
How is it?
Great. While the tracks don’t differ much from each other (they all follow the same sonic landscape/smooth vocal mix) , the album has a good flow. Each track is its own separate entity lending itself to a greater whole, and the album gets better as it goes on. The album is also a perfect five track, 20 minute length, short enough that the similarity between tracks doesn’t become monotonous or tedious, but long enough that you don’t walk away thinking you’d missed something.
It’s also a very enjoyable 20 minutes. The album has a dream-like, ethereal quality that is incredibly soothing. As I said, the tracks are similar, but they also have a few subtle differences that makes each enjoyable in its own right. You’ll find yourself singing along to the catchy chorus of “Team Torment.” “Serpentile” is the most upbeat track and the album, perfectly placed after three more toned-down tracks and right before finale, "Master Machine." With a short buildup initiated by percussion and guitar before being joined one by one by the other band members, the track grabs your attention more than any other on the album.
Overall, this a very solid album by the five headed beast. It may not amaze you, but it is easy listening that is definitely enjoyable and very well put together.