by Adam Wiltgen
photo courtesy The Noisy Neighbor
Originally published 05/27/14 at: thenoisyneighbor.com
From start to finish, Postcarious feels like an album Breakaway created with both feet firmly planted in an electronic sound. With only minimal and atmospheric use of guitar, Breakaway puts his trademark operatic vocal experimentation, impressive falsetto, and infectious intensity to use over a digital landscape rife with detail and sonic stimulation.
Layered vocals and aggressive beats are the source of a few of the album’s most climatic moments as well. Track 2, The Crashers and The Smashers, ends with a wavy sea of airy crooning over a stripped down, yet fervent, early-Nine Inch Nails style beat. The track featured in episode 24 of All Lights Off Radio, You Can Understand, builds into a dense euphoric wall of echoed vocal phrases over a heavy dose of dance inducing modular synth. In summary, Postcarious is an outstanding document of Breakaway’s vast vocal talents and bold new direction. I hope to see him guesting on other artist’s records in the future too! Click here to listen to Breakaway on All Lights Off Radio.