The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Discography


 The Speed Of Sound In Seawater are quite a big name in the more emo-influenced math rock scene. Here are 3 EP's by them. For fans of This Town Needs Guns.
 

Igorrr - Nostril


Yes, that is a fat naked man holding a poodle.

Igorrr is a rather unusual amalgamation of Baroque, Breakcore and Death Metal with a hint of Jazz and Trip-Hop. This is the followup to the "official" debut Moisissure, which is worth checking out before you listen to this. Nostril develops on what the debut had to offer by making it ten times more extreme and crazy: don't get me wrong, Moisissure as good, but in comparison to this is it a meek record bar a couple of tracks like Brutal Swing. Nostril has set the bar pretty high with tracks like Tendon, Cruciform Dachshund and Half A Pony, and unfortunately he, like many artists, fails to make the whole album reach an acceptable "bar height" in comparison to the best tracks.  Tendon is a stunning track which leaves you totally mindfucked; comfortably mixing breakcore at somewhat questionable speeds with classical piano work before breaking into a distorted metal section and even ending the song with a bluegrass breakdown - While I am impressed by this experimentation whichsomehow  works, I feel very tempted to skip over some tracks (in particular tracks 4-7), feeling bored and somewhat numb from after hearing Tendon: tracks like Melting Nails are okay and are enjoyable, but only really as standalone tracks, and seem a little bland when played shoulder-to-shoulder with the rest of the album. However, this does make the standout tracks stand out (no pun) more than if they weren't on the same record.

Production on this album is pretty good, and though I feel that at times the guitars sound a little too dirty, I can live with it. The beats sound very... expensive. They aren't massively out there and I wouldn't say they are as impressive or as experimental as other artists in Breakcore or Trip-Hop, but how original or creative they are isn't what this record is about; the mix of everything being what makes it work.

I notice that what makes tracks like Tendon and Moldy Eye and such so amazing is how "Igorrr" uses vocals so sparingly, and this really perfects the songs; adding yet another layer to what are already fairly intricate songs without overdoing it. The two closing tracks on this are what seal the deal for me; seeming very laid back at first (which they are), the closing track  closes with a symphonic and evil epic which leaves me in a very similar mood to the insanity that aforementioned tracks did. While you won't get any sort of emotional response out of this album other than being a little taken aback, you will likely get into this a great deal so long as you give it a chance.
 
Listen: Tendon , Unpleasant Sonata 

Foreign Bodies - Veins Are The Roads EP


Residing from Suffolk, these guys are a Hardcore band which are also inspired by Mathcore. Citing the Dillenger Escape Plan and Every Time I Die as prime influences, they make it very damn clear. The opening track of this EP, Captain Longshorts, gives this away and shows the influence while still sticking to the hardcore sound. Vocals are very clean and precise, and he maintains a good rhythm to his flow which compliments the drums well (something I don't hear in a lot of HC vocals): really belting his voice without going overboard and making it sound like he's trying too hard, though towards the end of Tempt his voice does irritate me, sounding somewhat strained. My criticism for this EP overall is that it sometimes strays a little close to genericism on tracks like Kiss The Ceiling and Parrot Farm. However, there is enough variation in the in the songs to overlook this, as the song structures are nice and varied but still stay relevant to the main theme of the respective songs, and furthermore they use more linear structures, which is always a plus in my books. The EP ends with Tempt, which begins with a brilliant riff which is very DEP-esqe, and then proceeds to really get down - the structure of the song is very linear and everything slots together perfectly, yet it retains the relevance which I discussed earlier.

Some of this stuff reminds me of Breather Resist, but Foreign Bodies have a much groovier sound that I feel a lot of modern Hardcore (including Breather Resist) lacks - I can really get into some of this stuff, whereas some bands in the same vein fail to do this to as much of an extent: the whole outfit seems very upbeat, and these guitar riffs sound it too - they don't just play stuff based around the minor scale to give it a darker sound, and also make good use of major harmony which makes them shine: many bands neglect it and just go for sounding what can usually be described as angsty. These guys show a lot promise.

6.5-7/10

What to expect: Hardcore with a bit of Mathcore influence that goes a little further than a generic song structure.

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