Album review: Spell Token's 'Perfect Present Tense'
While listening to many different bands and artists, quite a lot of the time I get the same feeling…that a lot of the music they produce is recycled from previous bands which, in turn, doesn’t make the music sound authentic.
This thought thankfully never crossed my mind with ‘Perfect Present Tense’ which is the debut album from Spell Token.
Many aspects of this album show how storytelling can be laid out in music form. From the opener to the finale, this album carries with it influences from a bucket of genres, all with different interpretations and takes on their original form.
This album presents the listener with eight examples of the artist’s works, acting as a showcase of his refined taste in vinyl digging and his ability to create songs using samples that come from a wide variety of musical styles. Each of the tracks, in fact, present a very clean shift in terms of atmosphere, sound, and rhythm, with an undeniable grooviness being the main constant.
When asked about the thought process behind the album, the mastermind behind the project explained that he made the album initially for a uni project that soon snowballed into a year long recording process culminating in this finished product.
Playing most of the large array of instruments himself and recording at home, he expressed that he had to learn a lot during the recording process in terms of production and also teaching himself to write pop music.
Comparing his experience to the likes of Phoenix or Mew, his music evolved during this process as he made the music his own.
Overall this album provides a great insight into the mind of Spell Token while telling a story through a wide variety of genres.
How can a second album top this one? We’ll be eagerly waiting to find out…