|MH-223 Thavius Beck - Decomposition
The sprawling arrangements on Thavius Beck's Mush debut, Decomposition burrow into the listeners brain with a mix of melodic samples, chopped breaks, pulsating synths, and head-swirling delay, then morph into genre-bending sound paintings adorned with hallucinogenic vocal samples. Four vocal tracks, "Open Your F*@!ing Eyes" (featuring vocals by Thavius Beck himself), "June Gloom" (vocals by Subtitle), "Amongst the Shadows" (vocals by Cedric Bixler-Zavala of Mars Volta), and "Demons of Destruction" (vocals by Longevity of Darkleaf) find homes among instrumental tracks that are as densely layered and expertly crafted as is found in modern electronic music. Decomposition is a work worthy of extended headphone listening.
|Should pin you by the very first track - Urb / Heady and intense throughout - Metro.Pop / You can't stop listening - Pop Matters / A must have for hip-hop fans who see a future for the genre beyond the dancefloor - San Francisco Examiner / Close your eyes, swallow, and get to know true enlightenment - Absorb
|Thavius Beck is a forward thinker, there is no denying that. In fact, he is almost so forward thinking that no one can keep up with him. It is Thavius' goal to push the instrumental (and some vocal) hip-hop to new levels and that's where Decomposition comes in. The music on this album is a little like what Dj Shadow does but even more obscure. Beck ends up going a little off the deep end on some tracks but some really work like "Exercise Caution." An example of a sad track intro is "(Music Will Be) The Death of Us All." It starts out with a rant about crappy 80's bands and movies but then kind of builds into something a lot bigger but by that time Thavius has pretty much lost us all. "Amongst the Shadows" sounds like Bjork wrestling with Trent Reznor. Not a pretty sight. People looking for something extreme to listen to will totally dig Decomposition. It ends up being a hybrid of hip-hop, electronica, and industrial with a bit of spoken-word in for good measure. - Music Emissions