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R.I.P is clearly a listening album. One in which you can lose yourself completely, among the psychedelic passageways and semi-liquid builds. The fabric of the structure breathes and sighs, gasping at the organic matter surrounding its boundaries. The induced experience has a potent opiate feel, as your mind struggles to stay focused on the imagined and reality. Inspired by John Milton`s epic 17th century poem, `Paradise Lost', concerning the story of the Fall of Man (you know, the one with Adam and Eve, the fallen angel Satan, and the expulsion from the Garden of Eden), Actress explores themes of life, death, and religion. These pseudo-concepts are probed through track titles like "Holy Water", "Serpent", "Tree of Knowledge", "Caves Of Paradise" and "The Lord's Graffiti".Read more ›
The tools he uses to achieve this effect are as expansive as his imagination, i've tried to pick out particular instruments whilst i've been listening and so far i've got synths, harps, possibly keyboards and something resembling the chirping of a cricket. the cumulative effect is unnerving without becoming completely sinsiter, i guess you could say it's psychedelic with a fair few come downs. After checking out Actress's sophomore record Splazsh when it was released two years ago, it became clear to me that he might be an artist to watch out for and he's certainly built upon the already impressve ideas that were on display with that album. The unifromity of R.I.P. might initially feel like a paring down of the music on Splazsh however the reduction in scope actually results in a illumination of force with these sharply penetrative soundcapes enveloping your mind with repeated exsposure.
Considering how good this is i'm a little suprised to find myself being the first person to do a review here, especially considering it was released almost two months ago! Having said that the music is far from readily accesible.Read more ›
It starts out with somewhat grainy and lightly haunted melody, as if to preface the listeners entrance into an evil nightclub. Instead of granting music for such a location upon arrival, the next track (Ascending) soothes with a positively danceable track directing the listener to higher realities. The aptly named 'Holy Water' somehow manages to evoke feelings of being sprinkled with a water that is holy, and the album continues on beautifully ushering through some kind of strange danceworld. Their is very little to dislike about this album, and Actress even amongst the best showcases himself again as a real original, innovative in all the right ways. I believe the mark of a good artist is the ability to move beyond past releases and yet retain his own artistic integrity without compromise. Actress shines.Read more ›
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I don't really care for the cover and thus end my complaints. Ends my complaint. Whatever. Not too vignettey. The entire album makes sense and I think that makes sense. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Dermeyer
RIP takes time like a lot of great music .
I didn't get it right away since I was used to splash and to a lesser degree Ghettoville.
Time is not linear . Read more
There are some confused folks out there like want to draw post-rock comparisons to explosions in the sky (see below), and frankly that's like comparing celery to raisins. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by trptch
R.I.P starts out amazing and if it would have maintained it the relentless and melodic clip that it begins with this would be one of the best albums of all time. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Sam Davies