Stoking the Forge: Psychedelic Supercomputer EP by Nul Nestao

- Posted July 22nd, 2014 by

Greetings fellow dwellers of the Chip Realm, and welcome back to the Forge!  This month, my interest was piqued by a new EP I stumbled across as I delved the depths of the Bandcamp Sea composed by a name that had never crossed my radar before, Nul Nestao.

a0612709994_10Psychedelic Supercomputer EP is a mix of original work and well-worked covers, and is Nul’s first Bandcamp release.  Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Nul is a self-described musician, film-maker, and programmer.

Future is the track that caught my attention, convincing me to stick around and check out the rest.  Three and a half minutes of ambient noise, bass, with deeply hidden and haunting musical components.

At first, I was shocked enough by the lead track being so experimental to be compelled to take a deeper listen.  (I also briefly considered the possibility that my headphones were going out)  With deep reflection, the piece really grew on me, reminding me of the near silent accompaniment only appropriate for the introduction of imposing implements of Imperial influence.

Psychedelic Supercomputer, the EP’s namesake, breaks that foreboding pseudo-silence with composition that mixes mystery, apprehension, and drive.

Blending a refrain that could foreshadow any number of  dangerous and unknown situations and rapid tempo drums thudding away along the noise channel, the track serves as a great bridge to the rest of the album.

Ore no Kitsune roughly translates to “My Fox” (according to Google Translate), and is described simply by the artist as “a song about love”.  With its contemplative pacing and wistfully constructed sound, that description is fitting.

The composition is a good example of a contemporary feeling love ballad that is spiced up in places by the introduction of instrumentation and sounds that draw from traditional Japanese themes.  While the total package goes on a bit long, as a whole, the track is a worthwhile listening experience.

Captchas For Robots rounds out the original content of the album, bringing a bit of warmth and a sense of adventure to the table.

Introducing instruments one at a time, the paces builds gently, before dropping away to reveal the main theme of the composition.  Bright cheery tones overlay the entire listening experience, well supported by briskly paced drums.  The music fades with upward bending arps, which make the track well-suited for closing an album out.

Three covers are included on the EP, each a well executed and loving DMG tribute to their respective originals.  I could ramble on for awhile about each, but I think they’re best served by the discerning reader’s own analysis.  Compare, contrast, and bask.

With those well executed tributes fresh in my ears, I’m closing the Forge for this month.  I really encourage everyone to head on over to Nul’s Bandcamp and give the album a listen, see if you enjoyed it as much as I did, and as always…

Get out there, spread the love, and make some chip!



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