Immersion - Analogue Creatures

by Joseph Majsterski Rating:5 Release Date:2016-02-05

Sometimes music just dribbles past your ears, without leaving much impact beyond a slight tickling sensation. Such is the case with Analogue Creatures by Immersion. It's not bad music, but I'll be damned if I can find much worth talking about. I've listened to it at least a dozen times, and while every song sounds familiar now, most of them sound like variations on the same song.

And that song involves a slow buildup, some mild tension, and then...  nothing. No resolution, no exploration. The first two songs, "Always the Sea" and "Shapeshifters", are essentially variations on the same theme. There's the hum and buzz of soporific machines, some echoey chords, and a basic electronic melody. The latter is a bit bass heavier, but other than that, they cover the same terrain.

By far the strongest track is "Organic Cities", which harkens to the work of Daft Punk in Tron Legacy, although it's nowhere near as bombastic. The follow-up, "Mechanical Creatures", is the longest and least interesting song. Clocking in at six and a half minutes, it's essentially about five seconds of music looped indefinitely. It sounds like someone standing at a deck of machines, twisting a few knobs back and forth, and calling it good. There is a wormy little electronic that twists and changes in the background, but the big center of this song goes nowhere.

The final track, "Slow Light", feels like the third iteration of the first two songs, but is a bit lighter and has some more worthwhile accents to distinguish it. With such a short set, it's amazing how quickly things get boring. As it stands, this isn't terrible, but it's just so bland that it manages to keep slipping by without ever leaving any real impression.

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