“From The Ground Up” starts off with a dusty swinging drum break padded by a distorted synth lead and singular solemn string stab. More elements do show up as cinematic pads come into play with an 8-bit-sounding synth. Overall, the track has a moody and weirdly comforting aesthetic that feels like home. On, “Honing Home” the main draw for us is the surreal synth arrangement and experimental sound that strays from conforming to any genre or box. It’s a bit of dystopian electronic-inspired sound with a touch of downtempo trap. Ultimately it all depends on who you ask as it won’t be fair to label it as a particular thing. “Breathing in Rain” goes for a darker and melancholic feel with its layered sound design using non-diegetic elements such as breathing and raindrops. This is all underpinned by muffled drum grooves and A.STEEL’s mellow performance style. Over the backdrop, he calmly utters “Breathing in the rain/healing of the pain/Our lives are not the same/Nobody wants the pain” and turns it into some sort of mantra for listeners to reflect on.
The final track “Life Is Uncertain” lives up to its name with its dark and edgy sound made up of arpeggiated lead synths and a woozy pad with ominous aesthetics. This ends with a short and profound quote by the artist which goes “Life is short, everything changes, nothing lasts”
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