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Music Review: Aa

Electronic Rock

It’s hard to place where Aa’s latest endeavor, VoyAager, switches from noisy to inventive. By combining pounding drum beats and an array of visceral sounds, Aa (pronounced “Big A Little a”) creates a cathartic electronic wonderland.

The record’s volatile rhythms sound as if they are being created organically and being delivered directly from artist to listener. And just before you think you have the pattern figured out, the beat is turned upside down. Despite being built of seemingly unpleasant noises, such as car sirens or animal roars, this album succeeds in turning these sounds from jarring to rich.

The songs of VoyAager work together as a unit. The first few tracks gear you up with their harsh beats, but the rest lower your guard through their lighter, more upbeat melodies. Each song adds a new layer of intensity and culminates with the rousing “Gowntower,” which brings together bold and exciting sounds for the record’s climax.

Any vocals come in the form of unintelligible whispering or shouting. While the lyrics are probably about something, it’s impossible to tell what. But that’s kind of the point – VoyAager isn’t to be understood, it’s to be experienced.

All at once hard to listen to, yet impossible to stop, VoyAager is an entrancing, unsolvable puzzle of pure sound.

Natalie Carney

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