Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Music Review //
Sid Sriram

The music of Sid Sriram is entrancing.    There are these horns on the first song and I feel like if you're not just completely lured into this right away you might not ever get it.   While Sid Sriram is an Indian-American, you can feel that influence in these songs (and it becomes subject matter for the lyrics as well) but they are so much more than this.    That's one of the most beautiful aspects of music (which I wish the whole world could see) -- it transcends race, sex, religion, all of that if you just appreciate it for what it truly is.

"I'm not here for reconciliation I'm here for what's mine" is a fantastic line which I feel sums up the mood of this album quite a bit.    With the first few listens of this, and even for parts of many of the songs, it feels like there's such a stronger influence on the lyrics- what is being said or sung- than the music itself.   The music is there, and it's great, and eventually you'll be able to appreciate it further, but at first this feels like he's a motivational speaker or something, the way the emphasis seems to fall on the words over all else.

There can be beats, but in a clapping way, and electronics as well.   Musically it is just so diverse it's not easy to put into a genre.  "It Isn't True", for example, sounds like a pop song on some level but at the same time it can just remind me of a slower song from Scary Kids Scaring Kids which is just a strange comparison to pull from what this otherwise mostly sounds like.   Other times the words can be spoken, like poetry.   Many of the lyrics do feel like poetry because they are and it's easy to relate with them and if you can't you should at least feel some empathy.

"And I'm staring at my shoes right now" doesn't really make this shoegaze, though I had to point it out.   The idea of entropy is explained at the beginning of "6 Weeks" rather than the titular track.    "Paper Plates" has big synth come into it towards the end and that makes me think of that one song I know by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness for some reason.   The electronics on "Moksha" can begin to feel mechanical while the end of "Daunting" has that spoken word poetry thing going on.   The last song is called "Limitless" and while it starts with this X-Files/Doogie Howser type of key-synth it just becomes so powerful and uplifting; you couldn't ask for a better song to go out on.

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