Published Feb 03, 2016On Paul Jebanasam's ambitious new effort, Continuum, the UK producer seeks to "explore the life, power and energy present in the universe." It's audible; the final result sounds somewhat interstellar and windswept, with synthetic organs to signify some sort of grand ascension. It is a triptych of songs, each reaching ten minutes or longer, with titles that resemble scientific equations. As the reader can imagine, Continuum is as much an experience as it is an album, even if the interesting features occasionally outweigh the enjoyable ones.
Track one seems to trace the trajectory of some crumbling asteroid, as it slowly ruptures with static over the course of 15 minutes. The second track launches an assault of rapid-fire beats, which quicken with intensity until the listen is immersed in more subdued, celestial tones. Continuum's final composition begins with futuristic background noise and becomes a hailstorm of heavily distorted percussion before organs once again usher spirited relief.
The listener is left to interpret the cosmic significance of each movement, and to assign some historical impression, and while Continuum doesn't facilitate casual listening, it definitely commands attention when it's played. (Subtext)