Label: Self Released
Invested is the debut full length from Still Inertia. To be honest, I'm not sure why this was sent to Wounds, as it is seemingly unrelated to the genres we review, but the guy took the time to write us a really long email and to send us a disc, so I'll give it a go. This album is very difficult to describe, as it quite schizophrenically mashes up a ton of styles, and the listener will move through quite a bit of territory on their journey through this. This is a fucking weird album which is challenging (not sure if in a good way) and unpredictable, so let me get into some of the tracks:
+ Some really beautiful melodic sections and emotive pads. The more psybient-ish tracks feel very spacious and deep, quite easily sucking the listener in to another world. Fans of that style will definitely dig these.
Invested is certainly a different album, and one that doesn't sound like anything else. Or, more accurately, it sounds more like a compilation of several different bands that are only mildly similar. There are a lot of good ideas here, but I think it would help greatly if he figured out what path he wants to take with this project - is it psybient? is it avant-garde experimental with hints of industrial? There are just too many clashing elements present here that don't mix together and the result is an album with a stifled flow that feels unfocused and off-putting. Even on the tracks that are predominately fantastic (ex. "Eileen") there is always one or two major elements (ex. the vocals) that is/are unnecessary and detract from an otherwise well crafted piece. I know there are people who are really into this idea of "genreless" music, but the fact is that throwing every sound and influence together can easily sound...well, bad. Definitely interested to see what this guy can come up with in the future, especially if he focuses the spectrum of the music somewhat.