Those of you who work in the world of radio know that if a song is going to be a success, it has to be around three minutes long. Obviously, the length of a song is not enough to guarantee it will be a Billboard smash. We all know that there are a million other factors involved behind making a hit. But surely it can’t hurt to get a thumbs-up from listeners, not to mention a good review from a notable music critic.
Thom Yorke, Radiohead leader , recently spoke about this “time factor," saying he was in favour of EPs (extended play), because they usually contained no more than five tracks. With around 20 minutes of listening time, the listener—even with the best intentions—wouldn’t have time to get bored.
Reflections on the execution of traditional projects then in one swift move do the complete opposite- something completely unconventional and behold the perfect identikit : the new album called The Gathering by Arbouretum does just that. I consider myself a passionate listener of music and have often encountered extremely boring avant-garde music projects over the years. However, listening to this EP it seemed to me to be a continuous journey following a fine line between the past and present. Kind of like a slow dance, infinitively suspended between 90’s rock and fabulous psychedelic sounds of the 70’s, and I am completely sold on this new musical project.
‘Destroying to save’ is the most evident example of this revolutionary approach: wherever you choose to listen to this piece you are instantly transported to new worlds while at the same time you are met with warm, familiar sensations. I invite you all to take a journey through this unique musical experience.
English translation by Karin Andrea Halliwell
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