Genre/Influences: Cinematographic, ambient-pop.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: “Mediaburn” is the ninth full length album by the London (UK) based Cult With No Name (CWNN). The work features thirteen songs and reveals a few interesting guests.
Content: Defining the sound of this album rather feels like a trip through eclectic fields. The main influence however remains a rather ambient composition, which is filled with slow cadences, deep bass lines, wafting synth lines, piano arrangements and even a somewhat jazzy/lounge passage. Nearly all of the vocals have been sung by guest singer Keli Ali, but the most noticeable feature is Blaine L. Reininger playing violin on “By Air Or By Sea”.
+ + + : I like the delicate song writing from this album, which is fitting with the smooth atmosphere created by CWNN. This work feels like a relaxing experience on which the music is progressively taking you away into an imaginary oasis of prosperity. I especially like the piano playing and arrangements, but the jazzy “She Sells Incels” is for sure a real masterpiece. I also like the song together with Blaine L. Reininger. The final cut (cf. “Button On My Desk” has something more danceable and that’s an interesting track to end.
– – – : The album is maybe missing a climax and that’s maybe because all cuts remain pretty smooth. Only the last track sounds a bit different.
Conclusion: This album is a truly relaxing therapy.
Best songs: “She Sells Incels”, “Needle And Thread”, “Button On My Desk”, “By Air Or By Sea”.