Album Review

Nicholas Szczepanik – The Truth Of Transience (Isounderscore, 2012)


Nicholas SzczepanikI (excerpt) (Isounderscore)

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The other side of Szczepanik, the perfect foil to We Make Life Sad, both marking his first foray into vinyl territory. Where that one was a bunch of short looped pieces full of half-forgotten memories and lo-fi crackle, this has two side-long pieces that let Szczepanik work his magic on subtlety and the slow burn. The first side has a wonderful long form rhythm, it starts out menacing, all horror movie suspense style, with percussive gong-like warnings and imitation bowed cymbals, turning into a loud and blissfully unnerving swirl that eventually fades to nothing, changing into something quiet, delicate, effortlessly building into a heavenly choir of tones, stunning and overwhelming, but restrained. The B side is all or nothing, beginning with a barely there minimalism, completely ethereal, that imperceptibly grows, a seamless pairing of the bliss & unsettling sounds from before, a glorious wall of beauty & fear, but calm, serene, something you welcome and celebrate, this is the sound of enlightenment that Kubrick should have used in 2001. Transience has all the makings of a perfect record and there’s nothing standing in its way to take the crown in 2012.

3 Responses to “Nicholas Szczepanik – The Truth Of Transience (Isounderscore, 2012)”

  1. It’s my favourite Szczepanik record so far. Excellent review.

  2. Jake Cunnane says:

    I want this so badly, but for some reason I can’t get to the Isounderscore website. Can anyone help out?

  3. antigravitybunny says:

    Jake, I think Brandon might be having some problems with the site. It’s not just you. I’d give it some time, or contact him directly via info [at[ isounderscore [dot] com. I’m sure Nicholas probably has a few copies as well.

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