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Loop 2.4.3 have a track that is here to blow up your mind dome and when you hear it, you will know exactly why. This is called “Out To War” and the way people are running around in the world, it may seem everyone is out to or for war. Loop 2.4.3 is from the mindset of Thomas Kozumplik and if you were curious about things, begin here. This is taken from his album Time-Machine_Music, my review of which can be read by clicking here. You should pick up through Amazon.com by clicking the cover below.
At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Loop 2.4.3, even after reading a bit about them but Time-Machine_music (Music Starts From Silence) is very much like going on a journey, as the title may suggest, with uncertainty on where one will end up.
At first, I had thought the music created by Loop 2.4.3’s Thomas Kozumplik was electronic in nature and while some of it is, most of the sounds heard are played by Kozumplik himself. It may remind a few people of the Illuminati funk of Rise Robots Rise or some kind of major label effort that you may have read about once but forgot where you read about it. Don’t allow yourself to pass the music on this project, for it sounds like someone’s diary entries around the world, dropping into each different village and finding what sounds he can create. There aren’t any songs that could be considered pop-friendly, so don’t expect something to give you the moral to the story, for these are the stories you’re meant to interpret in whatever way you feel is fit. Different percussion instruments provide the heartbeat while his voice, while present, doesn’t dominate the pieces. Instead, they are decorations, mere ingredients to the full recipes he is putting on display. A live interpretation of these songs would be a trip to hear and experience but for the time being, Time-Machine_music consists of worlds ready to explore, which will lead to you realizing the world’s are all in one place.
With other bands (and I’m talking in a more mainstream sense), the music of Loop 2.4.3 would be so left-of-center, people wouldn’t know how to describe or what to do with it. What I hear is a group of studied musicians who understand different depths and textures, and how to shape it to create what they themselves want to create with it. American Dreamland is kind of an album that… I’ve described other albums like this before, but it applies here too, in that it sounds like tapping into a bunch of radio stations on a long drive out of town (back when it wasn’t expensive to fill up on tanks), wanting to create a mix of all of the great music along the way, and wishing there was a band who did it. Loop 2.4.3 are a group who do this and quite well, bringing in elements of rock, pop, exotica, lounge, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, and other little things that can be envisioned like the perfect musical score for a film to-be-determined. As I listened to the opening track (“Sakura (We Must Love)”), I was reminded of Pink Floyd‘s “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” if Radiohead and what would happen if a wicked-yet-beautiful female voice entered the picture. There’s a sense of beauty and mystery in the song, for the percussion and xylophone/vibes may bring to mind a certain mood, the background vocals add different colors, and the crunchy guitars take it to yet another place. Move on to “So Strong” and all of a sudden it’s a page right out of Mr. Bungle‘s California album, as if someone wanted to combine lounge music with funk. Logically, you know it shouldn’t fit but you’re glad that in music, these different elements are having an orgy. “I Knew (We Shouldn’t)” then sounds like something you’d expect on your grandfather’s pop albums, or some soundtrack for a movie no one has bothered to release on DVD yet.
The many differences heard throughout this album is united by Loop 4.2.3 themselves. Now, when I was doing my original review, I had said the album was called American Heartland, and stated “while those differences may or may not be the reason why they called this album American Heartland, it would be nice if the heartland was as unified-for-a-common-cause as this group is. The differences also works because of how solid the songs are too, well written and structures so that it’s not just being random for the sake of.” I’ve been corrected (this is what I get for writing without caring for the press release), and it makes much more sense for this to be a Dreamland, for a Heartland would be in denial of this goodness. May the dreams within us come into the real life existence.