There are many perceptions of what the future of humankind will look like—from science fiction visions of colonizing space to actual scientific predictions of possible inventions that will improve our lives. We like to focus on how the future will be good for us; but nothing is one-sided. Despite innovation, there will still be crime, suffering, death and war. Not everyone will live in beautiful modern apartments with large windows—some, if not the majority, will be dissatisfied and unhappy. What if, one day, they rise up in an attempt to ruin the world they live in and create a new one? If anything like this ever happens, it will have a perfect soundtrack in Stonefromthesky’s debut EP “Orbital”.
Stonefromthesky is Alex Zinchenko’s one-man project from Kiev. To appoint his music to a genre would be a hard, if not impossible, task as Zinchenko’s songs resemble a large pot of soup where we put loads of different ingredients, stir the whole thing and then wow, we have an amazing meal.
RELEASE DATE: 27 May 2014 LABEL: Self-released
Stonefromthesky’s music is characterized by a bold mix of genres like post-metal, IDM, glitch, sludge and stoner, to name a few. These are only the most recognizable ones; the genre range is much, much wider than that. It’s quite a rare thing to contain such a great number of inspirations in only five tracks. You could think: “Nah, it’s probably over exaggerated and forced, kind of like packing a whole wardrobe into a small suitcase”. It’s not like that. Zinchenko manages to blend all of these and create something completely new—like an alloy of music. It turns out that glitch, IDM and harsh metal sound great after assembling them by a craftsmanlike hand of an artist. Despite such an enormous range of inspirations, “Orbital” sounds surprisingly coherent—it is proof that extreme experiments can pay off quite well, instead of staying within already given borders.
“Orbital” is not only a great experiment and an amazing musical experience; it contains an enormous load of aggression and anxiety. This is the kind of album that can be listened to when you are against everything and everything seems to be against you. This is the music for future revolutions, inspiring people to change their lives and express their anger. I couldn’t get away from comparing this with “Fight Club”—it is all about letting your frustrations and everyday life go. Some do this by beating each other up, some do this by listening to music. “Orbital” makes you drown in its craziness and believe me, you’d love to drown like that. For me, it expresses some kind of anxious fear and feeling of being suppressed, which I like to correlate with pessimistic view of a future society. Anxieties and an unsure future cause anger, which can then cause aggression. “Orbital” is a release of this aggression, as if it was an air inside of a balloon and the EP was a needle.
Experiments in art often turn out to be performed just for the sake of doing them; they don’t really bring that much meaning with them except for an unusual outcome. Stonefromthesky is a different kind of experiment. Zinchenko’s music is art, it goes without saying—it is a great and accurate depiction of rage and hopelessness. Not only is “Orbital” an unleashing of emotions, it is also interesting musically. Crazy, incredibly timed drums are mixed with fierce guitars, distorted bass and dark synths. Zinchenko tops it all with his harsh screams and then sprinkles the whole thing with insane dubstep-like glitches. “Orbital” is a mad piece of music, full of fume-soiled intensity. As for a debut EP, I can only say that Stonefromthesky presents huge potential for his future releases. His genre juggling is something I have never heard before and definitely would love to hear more.