In the Crags
Two songs per side, eight total. To say this rambles might be true, but that is beside the point. Unconscious Collective isn't in the business of rational song construction or linear thought. Rather, the pieces here are ruggedly handsome excursions into the beyond.
Even when things got loud, Iceburn was always cerebral. Unconscious Collective is more than willing to allow noise and distortion take over at times. These folks have listened to a lot of Neil Young. It's possible they have transcribed "Weld" just for fun. But again, that's a reference from the way back.
And Unconscious Collective definitely has a foot in the now. There are plenty of elements from the 60s, 70s and 90s, but the often melancholy tone feels distinctly modern. Even when the noise is at fever pitch, there's a feeling that all good things must end.
These are long pieces, ranging from six to twelve minutes a pop. This is not background music for your next party, unless that party will be including pillows, black lights and a tab for each guest. This is great music for personal listening, something that is a serious indulgence in my house. If I get an hour of free time for myself, it's like vacation. And this album facilitates and enhances that sort of freedom.
Messy at times and occasionally incoherent, Unconscious Collective engages and challenges listeners. There are plenty of folks who wig out, but few are able to keep their excesses within the realm of "regular music." I'm not one who cares all that much about what is or is not "regular," but I think we all know what I mean. Unconscious Collective is out there, but its sounds are grounded in the basics. Even the peppiest popster will grant that this is "music."
Thing is, I don't think these folks are worried about that at all. They just have a knack for creating exciting sounds. That their music stimulates the mind as much as the heart is so much the better. I don't have any idea where this journey took me, but I've already bought another ticket.
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