I am a big fan of ambient, instrumental tracks which allow your mind to set the landscape for the music. It’s a big accomplishment when an artist can make such an impression on the listener without the use of spoken word (or sung, for that matter). Nine Inch Nails are one of my favorite bands of all-time and are shining examples of these instrumental breaks, based on their previous works. I am also a big fan of the horror genre in the film industry – mainly, the creeping anticipation of the unexpected that the genre gives the viewer. The EP, Anchored by Lungs by Colossloth, encapsulates the two into what seems like a soundtrack for one of those epic scenes where the killer is about to make his terrifying descent (think – film score, people).
Anchored by Lungs is as much an abstract piece of art, as it is a collection of music that plays with your sensory palate. It’s a three-track extended play that walks the fine line of that uneasy moment one gets from walking into a dark, desolate room and the simplistic beauty of that same setting. The first track, “Anchored By Lungs” opens with an undercurrent of industrial sound mixed with a surreal violin instrumentation in it’s backdrop. My personal favorite is “Welcome Home Mourning Voyeur”, where a calm piano loop leads you into an unnerving clash of metal landscapes. There’s a dichotomy with the track where it lures you into a false sense of security and then hits you with sounds, so raw and powerful.
“Feint Hearted” follows the same template of piano leading you into the track, almost like the overwhelming scent of delicious food coming from the kitchen. There is also what seems to be a collection of electronic sound that is interpreted as a voice before returning into the calm of the track.
Whether the record is described as a soundtrack to your favorite horror movie, or more vividly – harsh electronic landscapes with an opposing, calming undercurrent. Either way you sum it up, Anchored By Lungs is a great listen. The short, extended play created a jigsaw puzzle mentally for me, while simultaneously making me feel as though I was in the next Silent Hill flick – another fan gained.