Bassnectar - Noise Vs Beauty - 2014 Breaks Glitch Dubstep Black Vinyl 2LP
Bassnectar - Noise Vs Beauty
Amorphous Music – AM016LP
Black Vinyl 2LP
All Media, Album, Limited Edition
24 Jun 2014
Breaks, Drum n Bass, Dub
A1 Bassnectar - Seth Drake - F.U.N.
A2 Bassnectar - Hold On Featuring Tursi
A3 Bassnectar - You & Me Featuring W. Darling
A4 Bassnectar - Ephemeral
B1 Bassnectar - Jantsen - Lost In The Crowd Featuring Fashawn, Zion I
B2 Bassnectar - Now Featuring Rye Rye
B3 Bassnectar - Loco Ono
B4 Bassnectar - Noise Featuring Donnis
C1 Bassnectar - The Upbeats - Gnar
C2 Bassnectar - Open Up Featuring Simon Morel
C3 Bassnectar - AMP Live - Mystery Song Featuring Beginners
C4 Bassnectar - Don't Hate The 808 Featuring - Lafa Taylor
D1 Bassnectar - The Future Featuring Jenna Sousa
D2 Bassnectar - Flash Back
D3 Bassnectar - So Butterfly (2014 Version)
A 15 song journey which spans the spectrum of music from hardcore noise hysteria to lush, ethereal beauty - and many points in between.
Record one, or Noise (side 1) vs. Beauty (side 2) is transparent yellow and looks super cool. Record two, or Bass (side 1), and Nectar (side 2) is a dark transparent blue. You also get a big poster, one side having the album art on it, and the other having every song listed and then a brief explanation from Lorin about the song. The album is classic nectar, and the records make it even cooler. Only 3k pressed so if you're a bass fan whose into vinyl just do it. You won't regret it.
Noise Vs. Beauty is a culminating force, representing nearly two decades of musical growth. Since performing psychedelic breakbeats at Burning Man in the 90s, Bassnectar has utilized his vast influence to explore different genres hip hop, hardcore, dubstep, drum & bass, ambient and beyond. Nothing is safe from this mad scientist.
Naturally, Master Lorin has been working harder than ever. Only two years have passed since he unleashed Vava Voom to universal acclaim, but bassheads were served a pair of lengthy mixtapes, an ancient reboot and a very thorough tour schedule to soften the wait. NVSB is the most thematic journey ever cast forth by the king; a concept album to explore hardcore noise hysteria to lush, ethereal beauty and many points in between.
F.U.N. kicks things off with an orchestrated bang, marking Bassnectars first collaboration with Amorphous resident composer Seth Drake since Above & Beyond in 2011. His contribution is no less poignant than last, and even more thorough and haunting. The track is somehow steered from its lengthy intro into a brash, downtune drop. Unlike the album title, there is no official word on what the anagram stands for (though many fans are comfortable settling on warm childhood memories).
Batting first for team noise is Loco Ono, the spiritual successor to Raw Charles and every bit as bonkers. NVSBs most visceral track, its hammerhead beat shocks the senses. But Lorin is quick to channel the albums focus back around the sound spectrum with You & Me ft. W. Darling, an interstellar love anthem. Here delightful vocals collide with an empowering guitar riff, resonating as the most accessible track of the lot. At the time of this review, You & Me holds the #2 spot on iTunes top electronic songs!
Frequent contributor Zumbi of Zion I and first-time guest Fashawn spit bars over Lost in the Crowd, a trappy number oozing with west coast freshness. The hypnotic melody pairs with a piercing beat, lying somewhere in the middle of the records two convergent themes. AFK actually spun this track on his Gnartillery Tour stop at in Hampton, MA several weeks ago everyone in the room (including myself) would have gotten a kick out of knowing they were being exposed to forthcoming Nectar.