fornever – soundtrack 6.4
Fornever creates an aggressive, rock-influenced album with ‘soundtrack’. Starting from the beginning Fornever wastes no time. Drums are these. Industrial influences are readily felt. Alongside this are so many beats kept surprising martial. When Fornever employs more ambient soundscapes the result is something filled with so much tension. For the most part the album deals with propulsive beat-filled songs. Melodies emerge out of the distorted sounds, creating a weird sensation. Keeping a broad array of sound Fornever keeps the mood very consistent. Little in the album offers a chance for hope. Everything feels downbeat.
Obvious debts are owed to early IDM records. ‘Silver Linings’ for one sounds similar to the Future Sound of London. Fornever appears influenced by their style and sound choice (such as the beats and fusion with classical). Aspects of early ‘Planet Mu’ releases can be felt throughout the album. ‘Running into Nothing’ feels like it could be a long-lost Mu-Siq track. By far the best track on the album has a far more ominous tone. Stretching out past the five minute mark it manages to create a rather bleak disturbing landscape. Towards the end of the album this approach overtakes the previous more beat-driven approach as the ambience rules.
Songs that appear to reach or aim for a plateau of sound end before Fornever delivers on that hope. The failure to deliver on this expectation makes for a far more interesting album. Confounding the listener is what Fornever excels at with ‘Soundtrack’. By keeping the listener on their feet Fornever can accomplish so much more.