June 18, 2024

Neptunian8 – Pareidolia (Album – Formik Records)

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Genre/Influences: Cinematographic, Experimental, Industrial.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Geoffroy Sallustin is already active for several years as Neptunian8. “Pareidolia” is the Belgian artist’s third full length album, which appears to be inspired by pareidolia, which can be explained as ‘the tendency for incorrect perception of a stimulus as an object, pattern or meaning known to the observer, such as seeing shapes in clouds, seeing faces in inanimate objects or abstract patterns, or hearing hidden messages in music.’

Content: This album sounds like a perfect sonic osmosis between different influences; there for sure is a very strong –and leading, cinematographic format, which is joined by industrial sounds, electronic manipulations, truly experimental sonic collages and even vocal parts. Several guest artists contributed to the work and among the list there’s Jérôme Chassagnard. The work is pretty diversified and progressively evolving towards a final part, which is more industrial/electro wise.

+ + + : Several songs are featuring piano sounds, which inject a noticeable and sensitive touch to the work. It creates melancholia at the opening cut “The Deeper But Standing”, but also an artistic- and evasive style. It also injects an authentic sensation to the work. The piano sounds also create a delicious contrast with some more bombastic rhythms. I however have a preference for the sophisticated “Remember” featuring Jérôme Chassagnard and the more industrial sounding “Splenetic” featuring Offset Zik.  I also want to catch your attention for the great artwork of the CD.

– – – : The experimental side of the album is not the most convincing one, like creating a kind of anti-climax. Luckily it only concerns a few cuts.

Conclusion: “Pareidolia” makes me think of a painting, which resulted from the harmony between different colors.

Best songs: “Splenetic feat. Offset Zik”, “Remember feat. Jérôme Chassagnard”, “Prosopagnosie”, “G#m Ghostship”.

Rate: (7).

Artist: www.neptunian8.bandcamp.com

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