Independent and self-released artist W’s new EP ‘I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire’ offers an experimental twist with ambient styles. The unknown artist’s latest offering is a 4-track EP featuring some very distinctive styles that certainly display some very creative and experimental ideals. There’s not the greatest deal that can be said about the artist, whose bandcamp page is almost the only hint at this music’s existence. On top of that, the bandcamp page is also incredibly hard to find, making the EP-release feel almost like a secretive thing that is personal to this mysterious W.
Musically, the EP weaves together ambient styles with electronic treatments and experimental ideas. It is not a typical ambient record, as there are many nuances that aren’t so common with the norm of ambient styles. On the EP, there are electronic styles that dominant a few of the tracks, including an essence of the music stopping and starting. Even with this unusual style, it adds to the stylistic flair of the EP itself and helps to give it its character. There’s some interesting ideas being deployed on this release, which certainly seems to show a lot of talent from the unknown artist. As well as interesting ideas, there is also an incredibly bizarre yet interesting cover of The Beatles’s Tomorrow Never Knows. The track builds up a sonic soundscape, where the vocals seamlessly intertwine into the layers and become a bizarre mixture of sounds.
There’s a lot of interesting ideas on this EP. It isn’t the best thing in it’s field, but it shows a lot of creativity. It is essentially an experimental record that experiments on the idea of what ambient music can sound like. It may not be an incredibly impressive release, but it is simply interesting, and certainly displays creative ideas that would certainly be interesting to see develop. Hidden amongst the layers of, at times, confusing sounds, is a creative force driving the music along. It’s hard to say though who this type of music would appeal too. It is hard music to really categorize, and perhaps it is only people who enjoy something that is ultimately different who would find the appeal in a release like this.
Overall though, ‘I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire’ is an incredibly interesting, if at times, bizarre and confusing release. It may at times sound just a little bit gimmicky, but for the most part, it displays some very interesting creative ideas that I’d be interested in seeing be developed over time. However, considering the secrecy of W, it is unknown whether or not there will ever be any new material from him (or her, or they). It’s a shame, as music that is as experimental and creative as this is to simply put it, exciting, and I for one would always be interested in seeing what will come next.
- ★★★☆☆ 3/5
- Tomorrow Never Knows
- Layers (Parts.1-4)
I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire is out 26th April 2013, and can be found on W’s bandcamp page at: http://wwvvww.bandcamp.com/ where the album can be listened to for free, and downloaded for whatever price is deemed fit.