Review: HYMR - ‘Artificial Intelligence’

Review: HYMR - ‘Artificial Intelligence’

By / Album / Monday, 03 August 2020 08:09

Johannesburg-based producer HYMR’s debut album, Artificial Intelligence is dripping in cinematic glory but for a handful of tracks that, while sounding good, don’t add any weight to the piece.

Fillers aside the record paints an intriguing portrait of the cyber-dystopia we are so rapidly heading towards where robots have the power to kill us and the environment has been tortured to within an inch of its life.

'Artificial Intelligence', a remix of a track that features, later on, sounds like the intro to a dystopian film. A young protagonist stands on the roof of a high-rise building dreaming of a better world as they look out on a 21st-century Hell-scape defined by monotonous grey buildings and never-ending rain.

'Cosmic Dreamer', an instrumental number that brings a world of tension to the album, continues this cinematic idea before 'Polluted Planet' takes things in a more EDM-based direction. While the song has a definite sadness to it, it doesn’t develop in any meaningful way.

Songs like “Imagination” and “We Belong Together” take things in a more generic direction, their beats and lyrics being more suited to a club setting than most of the other tracks.

'The Dawn of A.I' is, in my opinion, one of the highlights of the album. The intro has a sense of anticipation which is heightened by the almost mournful guitar run. What the song does brilliantly is marrying its filthy trance beats with the over-arching themes of the record, a robotic voice repeating the words “don’t make me destroy you” giving the good times a menacing undertone.

While Artificial Intelligence might be a few tracks too long the overall production is golden. There are standout moments throughout which reinforce the dystopian milieu that’s there to remind us of the soul-crushing future we’re facing.

Artificial Intelligence is available now on all digital platforms including Spotify,Deezer & Apple Music



Daniel Luckhoff-wessels

Daniel Luckhoff-wessels

Daniel is a freelance script-editor and actor, but his real passion is music. He is always on the lookout for new up and coming bands that have a sound that's unique to them. The more interesting the music is, the better. You can find Daniel on the following social media platforms: TwitterInstagram & Wrequiemmusic.

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