duvid - unspoken
If you had a chance to read our review of Chill by Duvid earlier this year we described it as if Brian Eno took a stab at contemporary music while listening to elevator music for two weeks straight. Unspoken is pretty much any extension of that. The music strongly reinforces the album cover, which depicts a beach as the sun starts to set. Most would consider it a relaxing scene where tranquility seeps into your consciousness. The same could be said about Unspoken. If nothing else it is an extremely relaxing experience that fades into the background. In fact you don't need too have to focus your attention to enjoy it. I'm pretty sure this was music that was made for playing while you are relaxing on a hammock or getting a massage.
The music itself is all-instrumental and contains a prominent amount of piano and pads. You do hear the occasional percussion and also a shining example of what elevator music bass sounds like. There are 13 songs on this album, which may sound like a lot but it doesn't really matter with this type of music. Duvid could have 50 songs on here and the album will still have the same effect.
“Unspoken” kicks off the album, which presents us with a rather passive electric piano melody that immediately got me thinking about laying down and closing my eyes. Duvid uses an occasional pad sound that pops up in the song, which adds a bit of variation. That elevator bass I was talking about is all over “Drifting.” Drums come way late into the song and almost weren't even worth putting in. The song also contains the sounds of samples of steel drums, which gave me this feeling I was hanging out in an elevator in Hawaii. One of the highlights for me was “Juliette” which was a nice change of pace. Duvid implements guitar and some pretty cool sounding trickling like electronic sounds. It was the most engaging song so far for me.
As the album progresses there are a number of other highlights such as “Poems Without Words” and “One Way” but in the end all of the songs blur together. This isn't always a bad thing because it creates a similar feeling of contentment and relaxation throughout its duration.
9/19/2013 04:21:31 am
Regarding the reviewer's comment "“Unspoken” kicks off the album, which presents us with a rather passive electric piano" - I think your reviewer cannot tell the difference between a guitar and an electric piano.
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