Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Album Review: Cybiont

 Cybiont: 'Angels And Demons'

1. Take Me To The Moon
2. Hold On
3. Demon On My Shoulder
4. Angel In The Closet
5. Butterflies
6. American Cowboy
7. Pig
8. Doubt
9. Die Tomorrow
10. Motion Sickness
11. Spare Roots
12. The Inner Child
13. What Happened To The Time?
14. Maybe Tomorrow
15. Thanks...
16. Passing By

Often, when a an album is classified as "intriguing" it usually means the same as when you classify a girl as "friendly". However, in the case of Cybiont's 'Angels and Demons' such euphemisms go flying out of the window. In fact this album goes beyond intriguing, it is fabulously fascinating.

Having released a debut album 'A Trilogy Of Random Thoughts And Considerations' so recently as October 2009, Cybiont's prolific song-writing has enabled a second helping just 6 months later. More importantly, the quality is on a par with quantity - 'Angels and Demons' is a clear improvement on the original trilogy, especially in musical terms, where the collaborations have certainly produced the desired effect. The result is an album which is atmospheric, dramatic and well-balanced from start to finish.

Lyrically, Cybiont still has a lot to say. There are no hollow melodies here, so you will need a few listens to fully appreciate the songs' value. Given the intricate nature of the album you find yourself drawn deeper into Cybiont's Angels and Demons which each listen and tracks like 'Hold On', 'Angel In The Closet' and 'Die Tomorrow' will all stand out. However, it is 'Butterflies' which probably sums the general feel of the album up the best, a haunting track which gives you a sense of what is going on in 'cybiontville'.

In an age where 'music by numbers' is the order of the day, it's refreshing to hear something like Angels And Demons.


NME-Europe rating: 8.25/10
Top Track: 'Butterflies'

You can buy the album on iTunes.

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