An EPic Endeavour
While searching the got-djent site for various new sounds (as one does from time to time), I came across the Bilo EP by David Maxim Micic. It swiftly became a part of my bigger "djent" collection, but it wasn't until late 2012 by the time I got around to just sitting down and... listening. Being an open minded person who fights the urge to palm off everything I hear as "heard similar before, next", I didn't criticise, I just, listened. There was something special about this EP and its medium, something that seperated it from the other 54 or so artists I had sitting in my playlist. It was a journey of inspiration, attention to detail and creativity - it was basically an honest work of art that spoke volumes in foreign and unknowable languages. It was a four part movement that felt like story-time. Needless to say, it doesn't come off as an EP in the usual sense.
This release is everything an EP could - and often should - be. The production is crystal clear, but not to the point where it defaults as a typical Holywood studio production. It has soul - and so do the performances. Rich guitar leads and rhythm playing that remain bold but tasteful, with accuracy and elegance. Voices from in the mix speak of the naive and paradoxically enigmatic nature of humans, then disappear into a whirlwind of chord changes in sevenths, ninths and other diminished splodges of musical paint. For once there is a subtle and evocative piano interlude within the spiral of the progressive metal ride that many a 'traditional' djent musician would forget about - it sits perfectly at the end of the the four part EP before the guitars reach their climax. The percussion is complementary and incredibly graceful, with wonderful overtones that pulse through the overall mix. Each element is carefully placed at what feels like the correct axis point in each movement, which gives the EP a feeling of consistancy - rather than having overemphasized every element in order to 'amaze' the listener, the artist keeps his cool.
Technically and musically there is nothing to argue about. But the songs don't feel cold or cerebral - they feel inspired and meaningful. As a first EP release this piece of work is amazing from the word go. It leaves high expectations for future releases, but also leaves room for what may come next (the EP does stop short of 30 minutes). David Maxim Micic proves itself a name to follow for what lies in store next.
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