|3. Crypto Sporidian
|5. Learning Curve
|7. Hourglass feat. Distant Relatives
|8. Banded Hairstreak
|9. Digestive Enzymes
|12. Guelph feat. Baracuda72
|14. Julia Set
|15. The Fall
|How many people have I already
lost? How many people understand this from the get
go or even care to understand it? It must be obvious
that to decipher this record can take a couple of
spins. With the message at times being thrown out
though, like on "Volapuk",
where Noah somewhat sadistically asks "what
if earth were the real heaven?". Or that he's
'claustrophobic in the global village.' We can get
with lines like that. We however are lost in the
words of "Octave",
a song that features an incredible beat by Ognihs
tough. It's rough, it's dark, it's evil, it's serious.
But the lyrics are superficially mainly a lining
up of words. And interestingly enough, an artist
that is on the forefront of this poetry rap, told
me that Noah has not yet accomplishing everything
with the words that he tries too. But even that
artist is conflicted, because at the same time he
says he also likes Noah's music.
|Because the talent, the skill,
the doing good, just shows. The confidence and the
well nourished style shows. And the beats are a
strong argument too, as the Plague Language beat
makers are good. And while we are only treated to
one Ognihs track, Troubadour steps in with d'n'b
influenced offerings on "Resistance",
Orphan does a lot of songs, with "Banded
Hairstreak" being one of with the
least peaks, despite all the details. Only at the
beginning however, as toward the end, the percussion
and bleepy organ starts to be incredible. Orphan
then also does the primarily simple and bass focused
that at selected moments also features a haunted
string section. Strings that are the centerpiece
on his "Imhotep"
beat, that's also really good.
|The other producers are Lovely
(on the grand orchestra "Digestive
Enzymes"), Warhol (on the guitary
and complex "Guelph"),
Sseleman (on the wheeling "Zenith
Dub"), Naval Aviator (on the somewhat
too much intending "The
Fall", despite some especially incredible
parts) and Presto (on the Middle America mountain
top stomper "Learning
Curve") who all manage to create
sounds that make sense to be on one collection.
|That's the beats. What about some
more lyrics example? Well, thanks to the help of
ohhla.com, check this out: "I triple the syllable
with a titanium telescope / medicine vehicle then
I defeated the simpletons / taking a chance on the
nanobot bicycle / delegate melting your element
into a vacuous nebula / gravity gripping up everything
/ retina spotting the obvious entity / coagulate
caligula" (from "Resistance").
And: "Molly Ringwald glossolalia ganglion /
halcyon vector crescendo. diagnol anchor / canker
sore. faith no more. one in the chamber. / rotisserie
oblivion. slingvolt shiskabob. / squeaky fromme.
symbiot. / kilopascal slackjaw alfalfa sprout. /
working the graveyard paradigm shift" (from
And thus(?) Noah says on "Julia
Set" that the next album will come
with a complimentary dictionary.
|It's been said that tastes have
a life cycle of about seven years. And I must admit
that I have lost some of my patience when it comes
to this type of hip hop. But because I know that,
I can still say that this record is doing a lot
right. And quality does not have a life span. It
just has a life. The beats on here are definitely
immortal. The lyrics are often just too much.
|However, hold up. Before you say,
I shall say it: I'm not lobbying for dumb lyrics.
I'm never opposing the expression of a poet, a writer.
That's not how we get down, woodie. This record,
at least the lyrical aspect, still looses me at
times. Because there's something about poems that
makes me want to read 'em. Progress at my own pace.
Have my heartbeat define the rhythm. And not beats.
Not Noah. And again despite the beats on here being
good. Despite Noah proving skills in the trade he
chose. And also despite the artwork by Ryan Price
being one of the best I saw in some time. It's a
complicated ordeal to explain my impression. Maybe
I should write a poem.
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