Title: The Sea Is Never Full
Genre: Alternative, instrumental, math-rock, post-metal, post-rock
Band introduction: Psychojet makes instrumental music with real hooks and tunes, as opposed to sprawling wildernesses of formless sound. – Taken from the bands Facebook description.
1st Listen: This is upbeat. No issues with that, but two tracks in I’ve not latched onto any of these “catchy” hooks. There are also a lot of similar legato led riffs that just meld into one another. Generally the tracks are pretty well structured, they tend to avoid the long crescendo builds of more traditional post-rock and rely on evolving riffs. However, after all that; I think I’d rather listen to You Slut!
2nd Listen: The album starts with “Latitudes”. The intro strikes me more this time, but I’m put off by the legato and the riffs after that sound more improvised then honed. The drums are my favourite part, but they are not as powerful in the mix as I would have hoped. It’s a disappointing first track to an album and strong first tracks are important, in my opinion.
There is a certain feeling that all the instruments don’t sit well with each other, and the ideas are not fully formed. “Fibonacci” is similar to “Latitudes” in that it does not take me anywhere because it does not take itself anywhere.
“False Cresendo” (sic, I’m unsure if this is a deliberate typo on the band’s behalf) has a really cool acoustic intro but it does not build on that. It’s more of the same. I’m writing this and don’t realise the next track, “The Quiet Approach”, has come in. Things step up a little with some crunchy guitar and pounding drums, but that familiar legato run comes into the mix again and spoils it all.
“No Good (Start the Dance)” has a superb intro really simple and driving. Then we have more legato, blah, blah, blah. “7/6” has a great mathy riff that is explored throughout the song, but does not peak in anyway. “When Today Ends” has plenty of legato to keep me entertained *yawn*.
In my first review I said that song structure was good, but I’m not sure that’s true. Psychojet have a long way to go to become great. I think the talent is probably there, but I want them to explore more ideas and make each song unique. I’d be interested to hear their next release, but fear that they’ll just release the same set of tracks with different names.
3rd Listen: Just popped this on for one last spin while at work. One if it’s merits has to be that it is quite cheerful which is always good when you have the rest of the working week ahead of you! I am starting to “get it” a little more, but the sum of its parts does not add up to this being a great album. I definitely think that with more experience song writing these guys could come up with something special in the future. So don’t write Psychojet off yet.
Conclusion: The Sea Is Never Full is not as polished as it could be, in song writing terms. For a debut it holds some promise for the bands future, so keep your ears out for them.
- First Impression: Indifferent
- Final Impression: Indifferent