Arkheth – Clarity Came With A Cool Summer’s Breeze Review

Apparently we rated arketh before. Somehow I forgot, despite that uncomfortably bright and colorful artwork. The Australian piece, conceived by one Tyrone Kostitch, returns four years later with its fourth opus, titled Clarity came with a cool summer breeze, and adorned with a cover as flamboyant as the previous one. Enlist the help of Glen Wholohan (alto and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet), Tarquin Halls-Corbett (additional guitar and vocals and bass), Prophanant (second guitar on “Psychonautica”) and Hunter McDonald Gerrand Rogers (string orchestrations on “Patience in the garden of fire”), Clarity came with a cool summer breeze clearly represents an ambitious undertaking. So grab a fresh bag of your best magic mushrooms and your most trusted trip sitter, and let’s go crazy.

Even for me, Voidhanger, Clarity came with a cool summer breeze is a hallucinogenic odyssey of unreal proportions. In its wild ways of whimsy, I catch whiffs of everything ranging from At the end of the arc, Blood from the north, Vulture Industrieseven The Beatles. With a vast stylistic gamut to manage, it’s mind-boggling that Tyrone not only concocted a compelling composition with it, but condensed it into a tight and twisted thirty-seven minutes. Though built on the back of black metal, archethRefreshingly light and free from fantasy, the fourth album explores an otherworldly world of psychedelic electronics, jazzy brass, poppy prog verses and bizarrely catchy choruses with all kinds of song structures. It is therefore difficult to shoehorn Clarity came with a cool summer breeze in any general category, which conveniently places it in avant-garde territory in Ken‘s infallible main canon. However you slice it, one thing’s for sure: if weird is your favorite flavor, then Clarity came with a cool summer breeze is taste blasted.

Clarity came with a cool summer breeze‘s greatest achievement lies in how flawlessly Tyrone and the company put it together. Minimal compression, luscious guitar and drum tones, an incredibly vibrant mix, and an immersive soundstage conspire to create one of the most enjoyable listening experiences I’ve come across this year. It simultaneously captures the rawness of At the end of the arc‘s blackened wiles without sacrificing the clarity of the horns, the softness of the woodwinds, or the boom of the bass and the pounding of the drums. Each revisit brings out new details like the cool little synths in ‘Neptune Beaches’, the beautiful layering of strings in ‘Patience in the Garden of Fire’ or the unsettling vibe of ‘Where the Ocean Meets the Sky’. Moreover, the songwriting itself is a very intriguing experience. While it may seem disjointed or chaotic at first glance (“Kundalini”), it only takes one or two more spins for the logic behind the madness to reveal itself. There is an undeniable charm that anchors all the disparate approaches and fuses them together so that even the longest tracks fly by. In addition, an unfettered sense of curiosity and wonder brings clear and engaging personalities to these songs, making even the most awkward phrases enjoyable in some way.

Arkheth - Clarity Came With A Cool Summer's Breeze Review

What’s not to like, on the other hand, is cracking the kaleidoscopic vision that Clarity came with a cool summer breeze beautiful magic. To me, the primary culprit of this threat is none other than Tyrone himself, and his clean vocals. There is a specific range where his voice is absolutely perfect for this environment (“Neptune Beaches”, the main part of “Where the Ocean Meets the Sky”). Elsewhere, though, his voice strains and stretches far beyond where he can keep abreast – something done on purpose or not – distracting me from this undeniably cool adventure (“Kundalini”). Clarity came with a cool summer breeze also suffers from heavy backloading. The first two real songs are cool enough, but when I think back to my experience with archeth as time goes by, those early cuts won’t stand a chance against the powerful earwigs that populate the last three songs. Combine that with the vocal miscalculations, and Clarity came with a cool summer breeze leaves a rather bad first impression, which will no doubt prevent more people from appreciating its charm.

If you visited archeth looking for sick riffs and big grooves, you’ve come to the wrong gig. Clarity came with a cool summer breeze is a place for strange excursions to hitherto unseen alien worlds. Nevertheless, if there’s one thing I think most open-minded music fans can agree on, it’s that: archeth do some cool shit, and this album is proof. It won’t appeal to everyone, but if it appeals to you, you may become addicted.

Rating: 3.0/5.0
DR: 10 | Format rated: 256 kbps mp3
Label: Me, Voidhanger
Worldwide spend: September 30, 2022

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