Exploring the realms between progressive post-rock and psych-electronica, Canadian three-piece Room Control’s first official release ‘Past The Breakers’ is a sonic journey through synthesized alien atmospheres and industrial 80’s inspired snare hits.
Completely instrumental bar a brief rap interlude, recorded spontaneously ad-lib in a Toronto bar (Breaker 1), ‘Past The Breakers’ is an E.P best appreciated from beginning to end. Effortlessly flowing without pause between tracks, the chunky crunch of the bass separates itself just enough from the spaced out synth melodies to create two uniquely separate textural atmospheres that coexist along side one another.
Built on the foundations of the laid back grooves of drummer Dan Stefik, on the one hand you find yourself lost in the relaxing bass strums in ‘Glass House’ or being attacked by the abrasive distorted drone in ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’. While on the other hand, your mind might wander into the ethereal melodies of the reverb covered synth in ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ or pitchy delayed bleeps in ‘Glass House’.
Broken up into three distinct “chapters” by musical interludes, ‘Breaker 1’ and ‘Breaker 2’, the effect of these two unique textures leaves you constantly flipping your concentration from one instrument to the other, leaving you completely entranced throughout the entire record.
How It Stacks Up
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