People Places and Things
label: Single Cell Music
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
It's a little
challenging trying to describe something you've never heard before
to someone else, that, with a high degree of certainty, has never
heard it either. While Ezekiel Honig's latest album is just that,
the ironic thing is that it is filled with things we
know! Not following? Let me explain...
Places and Things is an ambient chill electronic album. That
alone means only a small percentage of music listeners have heard
this type of music. What makes it even less likely to have been
heard before is what Honig uses as samples and the base of most
of his tracks: everyday sounds that usually go unoticed.
Through", Honig samples what sounds like someone playing
with a plastic coaster on a wooden coffee table. He uses this
sample as a piece of rhythm as well as the center of attention
on the track. The supporting rhythm is light and airy drum machines
and zen-like synths.
And so the
formula continues; "Falling Down" sounds like a person
puckering and trying to get something out of their teeth; on "More
Human Than Human" you get the image of someone playing with
metal (possibly tin) scraps; and "Your Face Betrays Your
Thoughts" could easily be someone chomping on a mough full
of potato chips.
There is something
calming and relaxing about People... Whether it's the
simpleness of it all, or the familiarity of the samples, the end
effect speaks for itself. While not a "oh my God, you have
to get this!" disc, it has its place among the interesting
liked People, Places, and Things...
1. Passing Through
2. Falling Down
3. More Human Than Human
4. Your Face Betrays Your Thoughts
5. Cape Cod Getaway
6. Focused Distraction
8. Green Tea
10. Memoir Of A Future Past
11. Click And Sleep