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EbE404 – Tedium and Loss

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Artist: EbE404

Album: Tedium and Loss

Label: Give/Take

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Country: United States

Today EbE404 released their debut album and we couldn’t wait any longer to talk about it. Tedium and Loss dropped this morning on Give/Take and needs to be discussed.

Before I give my breakdown of the music, I would like to share what EbE404 have to say about the music, describing it as “The sounds of the past and the future, summoned from deep echoes. A hymn for the moment and sounds for all time. Making space for the felt but unheard, calling the lost, this is the other path not taken.” I fully agree with what they have to say and if you listen to the album, I’m sure that you will to. What this means simply though is that the music presented is an experimental blend of industrial, dark ambient and noise. This creates something that isn’t quite any of the three genres while simultaneously being all of them.

The album comes in at around the 36-minute mark, with 6 tracks averaging between 5 and 11 minutes in length. If I could use one word to describe this release it would be “atmosphere”, the album is drowning in it. The extended length of the songs allow this atmosphere to be fully fleshed out and developed, with new elements constantly introduced as the songs evolve and grow.

The album opens with the single How To Eat Your Own Head, a song that we were lucky enough to premiere on our Youtube channel. The music on the track is so immersive that you won’t even realise you’ve been listening for almost 7 minutes when the track wraps up. The song gives you a clear indication of what the release is all about, with plenty of experimental elements and atmosphere. There’s some extremely unusual tones and sounds used on this track, with the last third or so beginning to implement harsher noise-based segments.

Track 2 10:32 is far more brooding right from the very start. This song almost sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a horror movie or an unsettling scene in a thriller. There’s a definite dark ambient overtone to this whole song, with cavernous haunting effects and a low rumble present. If music could physically affect the world around it, this song would suck the light out of a room, hell it could maybe even suck the air out of it, reducing it to a dark and empty tomb This would probably have to be my favourite track on the album, it really makes me feel something and I appreciate that.

Track 3 The Fox East Its Young is far more experimental in nature and mixes interesting industrial and noise elements, as well as unusual tones, time signatures and patterns.

Track 4 Death Cult In the Rose Garden starts out as dark ambient but grows and evolves as the track goes on, shifting into some harsh noise around the 3:41 mark. This gives way to a dark and brooding segment that features the sound of fireworks at a low and muffled volume in the background, as well as a woman shouting and muffled talking.

Track 5 Memoir of the Ego and Id is the longest on the release, coming in at 11:34. This one features multiple elements and styles, shifting back and forth between dark ambient, industrial and noise elements. There’s an underlying rhythm or beat that features in many segments of the track. There’s a unsettling segment at 4:45 with creepy chimes and interesting sound effects that gives the song an almost haunting quality. Following this we return to dark ambient, which gives way to a really awesome industrial/noise segment around the 8:50 mark.

The final track on the album You Already Know How The Movie Ends is the second longest on the album and is yet another haunting soundscape. Much like track 2 this is some dark and brooding music with an almost horror sort of vibe to it. However, this track time the song is laden with feedback and reverb, as well as harsh noise elements.

Overall, this release is truly unique and experimental. The artist plays with not just sound, but the absence of it. I can always appreciate music that treats silence as a musical tool, as something that can add as much emphasis as sound when used correctly. I loved the darkness of this album; how ominous it was without trying too hard or even using that many elements. This is something you’re going to want to check out if you’re a fan of this style of music. If you’re someone that needs rawness and aggression or catchiness in their music, then you’ve probably come to the wrong place with this one, but I suggest that you give it a listen regardless, maybe it will grow on you and help you expand your musical repertoire.

Listen to the full album below:

Bandcamp:

https://ebe404.bandcamp.com/releases

Spotify:

Apple Music:

Listen to How I Ate My Own Head Here:




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