Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Cheesecake Hypothesis by Blah Kesto

This release is a mix of ambient, downtempo, and post-rock genres. You also have piano, strings, and acoustic guitar which kinda make it semi-classical or orchestral. The post-rock electric guitar that shows up parsimoniously brings a more than welcome dynamic to the tracks. Since this album is being reviewed here, it of course has a good dose of melodic content.

Some of the tracks are a bit on the melancholic/dark side. I am thinking "Memorare novissima tua.." with its rather pleasing floating electric guitar and "..et in aeternum non peccabis" with its strings lingering over the piano (the drumming is almost out of place). It's probably a Latin thing. "Out of Context" has a little bit of the vinyl crackle/noise thingy which kinda turns me off almost instantly (just kidding as it's done very tastefully and briefly, eheh.) I am an absolute sucker for glockenspiel-type melodies so "Utility Monster" is kind of a highlight for me. "Time Flies" is also an instant fave with its bass set on repeat, completely anchoring the tune. The album ends with "Ex Nihilo", a track featuring an heavily distorted electric guitar and some power drumming, maybe the perfect closing track.

Cheesecake Hypothesis by Blah Kesto is another one of these albums that are on the border of various genres, flying way below the radar. I am hoping this post will help spread the word.

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