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Module - Album Review: Infinity Forever Part 1 – Time (The Studio Sessions)

12 Aug 2020 // A review by Mike Alexander

For a time, it appeared Jeramiah Ross might have put Module into permanent hibernation after the release of his last official album Imagineering in 2013. The arrival of the first instalment in the Infinity Forever trilogy puts paid to that theory in no uncertain terms.

The expansively expressive Infinity Forever Part 1 – Time (The Studio Sessions) is epic in its reach both thematically and musically and is the entree to a multi-media concept that’s both ambitious and ingenious, deeply personal and visionary, sparked, in large part by a period of chronic depression and a near death experience.

"It's a pretty epic sci-fi concept," Ross said in a recent interview with Muzic.net.nz. "The idea of the way it all works, Nature, Time, Space, The universe. I have built up a story around these characters that are faced with a choice."

"In a nutshell it's about a scientist that has an accident and ends up phasing out of reality into another dimension."

Although Time comes fully formed, these studio 'sketches' will evolve as a 'living process' into live albums for each album in the trilogy.

It combines his trademark well-tempered piano – the haunting melody on Trust is the perfect setting for a song that opens up like a bottomless pit but also reaches for the stars – and an imaginative palette of electronic textures.

There are pieces that are more earthy and structured such as The Everywhere Man, which again has a gorgeous piano melody and sweetly delicate vocals and orchestrations and Perfectly Still, with its march-along acoustic guitar and steady beat and a heart-breakingly tender lyric, "perfectly still with you by my side when I have nothing to give but to stare in your eyes."

There’s a lovely lullaby quality to some of the tracks such as My Little Star and The Wish (Lonely Version), evoking memories of a childlike innocence and experiences untouched by suffering. Sometimes the head goes in one direction while the heart is being pulled in another.

Module’s brave new world already works on so many different levels. It’s staggering to think how it might evolve.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Module

Jeramiah Ross’ alias Module was created in 2003 as a solo recording project. Since then he has branched out to many different areas and in essence has become a 1-man creative sound agency.

His first album Remarkable Engines was released to acclaim via Loop recordings in 2005. That same year, Jeramiah joined Fly My Pretties, playing sell-out shows throughout New Zealand as part of their Return Of... tour, which was recorded live and released as an album. During this time, Module also toured extensively performing at many major festivals in NZ, Australia and Spain playing hundreds of live shows using an interactive setup with computers and synthesizers.

In 2008 he was approached to create custom music for PS3 game Gripshift - a task which led him down the path of scoring soundtracks and sound design for a range of other video games including the PS3 game Shatter for which he won a range of awards and accolades for.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Module

Releases

A Dance Without Moving
Year: 2020
Type: EP
Progamma!
Year: 2013
Type: Album
Imagineering
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Movement
Year: 2009
Type: EP
Remarkable Engines
Year: 2005
Type: Album

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