Do you think you know what the word “nature” evokes? NYOS are here to shake that perception. Lopsided rhythmic loops, abrasive tones, jagged drumming all come together to paint a picture of a mechanical nature unseen, chemical, mineral and bursting with energy. Time to see differently.
Industrial music, stemming from the futurist manifesto draws parallels between society and culture and the advent of machines. Filippo Marinetti wrote that the most beautiful classical symphony pales in comparison to the fierce roar of a V8 engine. The cultural internal combustion that was Futurism used metaphors and likenesses on a macro level, contestable and contested, but the true connection between man, nature and machine is now being explored by this terrifying and terrific duo from Finland with accuracy and insight far beyond what Marinetti could have gleamed with the means of his times.
RELEASE DATE: 30 September 2016 LABEL: Self-released
The further you zoom in to a cell, the stranger and more crowded and suffocating things become. In any given single-cell organism, there are thousands of chemical processes happening at the same time, every second. There is no quiet. There is no peace and there is no idleness. There is only maddening activity, fierce, breathless, overwhelming movement, combustion, transformation. The industrial utopia is within, not in factories or societies, but in the humblest of cells. If you want to understand why NYOS named their album “Nature”, that is the key I have found.
The duo leaves no space unfilled, unleashing every rhythm and every texture in their mad, almost desperate dash to cram as much frequency into the vibe of their music as humanly possible. There is still a narrative structure to the album, especially in the first half, as though NYOS are trying to slowly introduce us to this ominous, blistering world one step at a time. By the time we get to the end however, things become unhinged, the training wheels are off and the full, awe inspiring glory of the noise within is set loose.
Even though NYOS take care to pace their record, and even though there is a well-balanced dialogue between composition and production to the benefit of the overarching mood, the album is not an easy one to digest. It is not cinematic. It is not melodic. It is a technical onslaught, an uncompromising race through patterns and pulses, as beautiful as it is implacable. Part of this comes from the overall sound of the record – stark and dramatic, but sometimes just too jagged, too chaotic. Yes, it fits the mood, but I can’t help but see it as a drawback to the production quality.
In terms of composition, again, mood reigns supreme, and this is most efficiently achieved with an exploration of pounding, claustrophobic monotony. But this drains one’s patience more than it ought to, for a band who is definitely proving to be very proficient with its instruments, and with a very creative approach to music. The overall impression is that all the songs are built on very similar minimal structures, which is a sort of meta-repetition, and I think the album could have benefitted from a slightly more varied, dynamic approach.
In spite of these drawbacks to their debut full-length, I can safely say that NYOS have proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Concept-heavy without being aloof, “Nature” is a remarkable offering, and deserves a careful ear and an inquisitive, driven mind in a listener. The challenge is stated. Will you rise to it?