|Animals As Leaders 2011|
Do you know the feeling when you've experienced something outstanding and you want to tell everyone about it, but you can't because what you've experienced was simply indescribably good? Well, that's the exact way I'm feeling about Weightless by Animals As Leaders. I shall try to put my thoughts into words though.
Animals As Leaders' debut was written solely by Tosin Abasi. After touring with Javier Reyes (guitars) and Navene Koperweis (drums) for nearly two years, they've become firm members though. Consequently, weightless was produced by Navene and mixed by Javier. Which makes Weightless a very clear sounding record with a distinctive, massive drum sound. That's not the only thing they've added to Animals as Leaders though.
Navene's outstanding polyrhythmic powerhouse drumming definitely ameliorates the band's sound altogether. While, and that's just my impression though, Javier added a little bit of a rocking vibe to the band. Furthermore, they seem to have integrated more electronic bits and parts.
So what can be said about the songs? Lying in my bed, listening to the songs, I tried to find a word for the feeling the record gave me. The first thing that came to my mind was (and this may sound really stupid and cliché): the feeling of flying freely.
Weightless sounds just like that: The djenty, thick underground helps you get up in the air, the more melodic, mellower songs with their underlying harmonies lead you gliding through the air and Tosin's outstanding guitar work sharpens your senses to avoid obstacles while you're reaching heights that haven't been reached before.
While Animals As Leaders definitely have revolutionized progressive music per se, they not only prove that they are miles ahead of any other bands, but that they can easily outdo themselves as well.
Weightless is my tip for Album of the Year and if you're interested in witnessing a completely new approach to music, you're definitely in for a treat!
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