Experimental artist Sound Awakener presents his latest project under his moniker titled ‘Shape Of Illusion’. The new album comprises of 20 or so short recordings, each encompassing a different idea or concept. Sound Awakener’s idea here seems to be about presenting a large number of different ideas in one go, rather than creating a whole cohesive album experience where each song compliments each other. It’s a flawed concept, and one that might not have come across as well as Sound Awakener might have wanted to, though there’s some merit to the whole project as a whole.
What makes ‘Shape Of Illusion’ interesting is how so many different emotions, concepts and ideas are all presented by Sound Awakener. The album is made up of very short tracks, with no track lasting longer than two minutes, giving the sense that each song is perhaps an audio snapshot of some concept that Sound Awakener is trying to present. It’s an interesting idea, and it’s certainly interesting seeing the range of styles in the music itself. Tracks seem to range from classical inspired tracks to much more experimental ideas. To an extent it is almost reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Ghost’ album, though much less refined.
Sound Awakener certainly has a very grand idea he’s trying to present with ‘Shape Of Illusion’, though it doesn’t feel as though it’s come across as well as he might have liked. The album itself seems to come across as a compilation album, rather than a full album experience, which would have been okay if the majority of the tracks were interesting. A lot of the tracks seem incredibly unstructured, making it a rather difficult listening experience. Whilst one or two songs certainly sound nice, there’s actually not a lot present on ‘Shape Of Illusion’ that is actually all that memorable.
Perhaps Sound Awakener has bitten off more than he can chew with ‘Shape Of Illusion’, which comes across as a nice idea, but poorly executed. The more enjoyable elements on the album itself don’t seem to last nearly as long as they should do, with the majority of the album being made up of a large number of repetitive and dull sounding tracks. Perhaps Sound Awakener should focus his efforts on making the music sound much more structured and cohesive, as there’s evidence of good talent in a few of the tracks. As an album though, there’s not really that much worthy of interest here.
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Sound Awakener’s new album ‘Shape Of Illusion’ is out now.