“ Genre: Pop / Artist: 65daysofstatic / Audio CD released 2008-03-18 at Monotreme „
'The Fall of Math' is a brilliant combination of electroinca, post rock and post hardcore, with occasional nods towards glitch / drill and bass. Obviously hugely influenced by Squarepusher, Apehx Twin and Mogwai, amongst others they take these influences and instead of, as with most people, ripping them off manage to create their own epic anthems of instrumental rock and electronica.
The band create amazing soundscapes of uncomparable awesomeness and emotion. The album is a far cry from their older 'mash up' style of music and shows the band's potential musically and creatively as would later become realised on their absolutely stunning 'The Destruction of Small Ideas'. Instead of using the electronic side of their music in a gimmicky fashion, see bands like Enter Shikari, Asking Alexandria, Chiodos etc., they use it to create breataking soundscapes and blend it very well with the other instuments in use.
Two negative things about the album - the production is a bit too compressed, making a slightly less natural sound. Another negative thing is that Rob Jones' outstanding drumming is slightly cast to one side in favour of programmed drums. Though the band later rectified this on their third album.
The Fall Of Math by 65daysofstatic is in my opinion their best ever cd. Mixing crazed electronica and IDM with epic rock, this is an adventurous debut and the future of post-rock music. The instrumental post-rock genre has long been stagnated with bands all alike to Explosions in the sky and Mono, with building sections leading to a climax. 65daysofstatic bring something new and fresh.
Album singles "Retreat! Retreat!" and "Hole" show them at their best, subtle electronica with chord progressive rock which just blows you away completely. Never boring or repetative they are always interesting utilising lots of different time signatures. They also use a wide range of instruments and sounds.
"Aren't We All Running" starts off with piano and lots of songs feature glockenspiel, synths and even strings. Bass takes a prominant feature in many of the songs, often being the main point of focus such as the bass slides in "Hole", which i love how they left in the sounds of the strings.
The album is littered with short interludes which break up the album and stop it from becoming repetative. The only downside i would say is that there could be more softer songs but on their later releases this is very much apparent.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Another Code Against the Gone
2 Install a Beak in the Heart That Clucks Time in Arabic
3 Retreat! Retreat!
4 Default This
5 I Swallowed Hard, Like I Understood
6 Fall of Math
7 This Cat Is a Landmine
8 Last Home Recording
10 Fix the Sky a Little
11 Aren't We All Running?