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The Traditional Aliens - Album Review: Infinity

15 Jun 2017 // A review by butch181
Infinity has an angelic calmness to their music. The debut album garners close to an hours worth of material, split into nine tracks, three of which (Infinity, Caris' Land, and Reconnaissance 404) are split further into distinct parts. The release is thus a journey; an paced exploration of sound and technique. Responsibilities are split between Pateriki Hura (guitars, synth bass, keyboards & sequencing) and Cameron Budge (drums), and it is very much one-sided. Budge's contribution is very much in the background of each track, and while necessary, are not quite given the attention deserved.

Interestingly for an instrumental duo, devoid of any trace of vocals, there are clear influences. Infinity Part 3 has a clear Pink Floyd vibe to it. Despite similarities in overall styles and techniques between the songs, there is a clear difference in sound between each track. The album varies in pace; a pace that is set by the guitars. In fact, the entire album is dominated by the guitars; with pace, and energy. With a multitude of sounds, from a layered guitar riff that emulates bells ringing, to the use of oriental cymbals and woodwind instruments, there is a plethora of cultures and styles on display.

Aside from the title track Infinity, the stand out song on the album is The Way, which is able to successfully blend old and new musical techniques, with multiple crescendo, to build anticipation. It could almost be described as a mix of Heavy Metal Ninjas and the Age of Empire's soundtrack.

Not an album that I can actively listen to; it blends together in a way that leads me to zone out. However, as an instrumental piece, it has the versatility to work in any background setting. There is a lot of work that has gone into this album, but it still feels like Budge and Hura are holding back. It doesn't "wow" me, but at the same time I am still impressed by it. The more you listen to it, the more layers you uncover, and a greater appreciation you gain of it's composition. Tranquil, placid, and soothing. The foundation is solid, and I look forward to hearing how they evolve over time.
 

About The Traditional Aliens

The Traditional Aliens are a NZ Instrumental Rock Band with a love of wide open spaces and exotica. Within our music every musical part is aware and respectful of every other parts role. We create the space which allows the musical parts to communicate their ideas freely.

We invite you into our world. If you're into a fresh approach and a unique blend of elements and style then this album is for you.

This is a no rap zone. There's no bling and fast cars. It's not an elevator or the pop music supermarket. It is a place which displays the joy of craftsmen at home in their work, exploring new form, taking some risks and loving it.

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Releases

What World Will You Live In
Year: 2023
Type: Album
Icy Blue Planet
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Infinity
Year: 2017
Type: Album

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