We begin with laser whooshes and what sounds like thunder crashing. This grows louder and even more intense as it also comes out with these magical synths. Sharp tones cut through and if you feel a sense of calm in this storm they might catch you off guard and scare you. It scrapes through louder now and feels like something in a basement somewhere, some kind of underworld experience where we're stuck inside one of those cages made of lasers but the floor is wet and made of a material which isn't solid.
Sharpness comes through now. Another giant crash and it feels like we're in some trouble here, as if we are not being held prisoner by someone else we are most likely being held prisoner by this storm. Whirrs ring out as if we are on the verge of discovering something, yet at the same time it could just be that we are in danger and this is more of an alarm. There is this tapping rhythm now but it simply could be someone trying to escape by means of busting through a door. There is a definite horror movie vibe going on here though.
The suspense builds and builds. The grinding and mechanics of this now have grown into an industrial feel. That banging could be a steel drum, and yet we have these other sounds of tones and sharpness coming through where it begins to also seem tribal to some extent. Though this does build and get loud, the quiet parts are rather quiet so it is best experienced through headphones (or in my case, earbuds). As it winds down and seems to almost howl it makes me want green olives for some reason.
Still, we continue to march. It moves in that way like when Nine Inch Nails got together with David Bowie. This started off so quiet, so minimal, and now it has grown to something so much stronger, so much more powerful. And yet there is something calm to it, something soothing as if we are rocking on the waves in the ocean. The sounds can be hypnotizing to that end as well. As it quiets down now, as the pace slows, it seems to trail off-- to drift off into space even.
We're floating in space now, the sound of that chugging along like a locomotive in the background the only thing keeping us from being completely lost. This is fitting because on the flip side we start things off with these glowing ambient tones. There is some sharp ringing in here and then the drums break through in a spaced out rock way. The rhythm with the guitars is on the verge of R&B or vaporwave and it just makes you feel like you're so far out.
It's somewhere between being lost in the desert and the Flaming Lips now, but these drums kick in heavy with lots of cymbal crashes and this is some kind of rock... Not post rock, but it's some kind of crazy instrumental rock music now. It definitely feels noisy, but it is also a bit dreamy in the sounds which go with the banging of the drums. This side can also become somewhat hypnotizing as well though; it definitely feels as if it has put me under a spell and doing something walking while listening to it is a great chance to get lost in the moment.
As the drums fade this one sort of rings on out to the end. It's funny how I thought Side A started off so softly that you'd want the headphones because until it really kicked in you would miss some aspects of it when played through speakers. And yet, the flip side seems to be the complete opposite where as opposed to listening to it through headphones you should be blasting it out through your speakers for the best experience. I'm not sure I've ever quite heard a cassette like this before, where both sides could be so different in how you best listen to them and yet they still have underlying factors within the music itself which tie them together.