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article imageReview: The Hydrothermal Vents are adventurous, but lack direction

By Andrew Ellis     Nov 10, 2014 in Music
On "Neptune's Grave," the vocalists use the word "strange" numerous times, and that word seems to perfectly describe The Hydrothermal Vents' debut album, "Secrets of the Deep!".
It's definitely different from anything anyone's ever heard in recent years with Radiohead-like experimentation, but the duo's direction seems to go too many places at once.
One key difference that's noticeable right off the bat on the opening track "Inside a Movie" is how different the two vocalists sound from each other. It's true that they're going to sound different because one is a man and the other a woman, but it's like they could be leading two different bands. Even with that, however, their voices still manage to compliment each other, which is a key ingredient in their sound.
Another aspect that cannot be denied is the duo's confidence in their sound. There are times where the production is very broken down, and other times where it seems as though they just randomly put another effect or instrument in. But they own all of it. Every aspect of every song is played without the tiniest bit of doubt which is crucial when such experimentation is going on.
No, there is nothing wrong with being adventurous when it comes to making music, and the process of creating adventurous music such as this is surely very enjoyable for the ones creating it. It's how boundaries are broken even if the artist receives backlash for going against the grain of what people are used to. But there doesn't seem to be anything on the record that will connect a lot of people.
If it wasn't made for the masses, then their goal was achieved. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for growth. They have the adventurous part down. They just need to balance it with a little more direction.
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