Neko Nine and The Creator Of - Meet the Forest 6.7

                Neko Nine and The Creator Of work together to weave together “Meet the Forest”. Incredibly passionate this collection manages to exemplify their greatest strengths. Elements of post-rock seep into the mix. With the relatively spacious track lengths the songs are able to cover a vast amount of ground. The two of them manage to create incredibly rich full seas of songs for the listener to get completely lost. 

                Rushing into the collection with the propulsive energy that is “Black Star (Alt Mix)” they start things off on a high note. Guitars blare through the piece. A piano comes into the mix to add delicate moments to an otherwise take no prisoners approach. Eventually they loosen the reigns allowing the song to reach a quieter place for a brief moment before burning right through to the end. “Acoustic” uses a lighter touch with rhythm and guitars. Beneath the relatively fluid acoustic guitar is a menacing amount of distortion ready to be let out. To their credit it is only until the end that the two decide to engage in more head banging behavior. 

                On “Fireworks Up There” the two take a page from Explosions in the Sky with an absolutely overwhelming approach to the sound. Everything explodes. Nothing is left intact. Emotionally it is remarkably similar to Explosions in the Sky with a satisfying conclusion. For the finale of “Snowflakes Gone Grey” Neko Nine and The Creator Of begin with a martial beat. Woodwinds enter into the mix giving it a breezy feeling. “Meet the Forest” is an interesting journey into a colorful sonic landscape.

Neko Nine – Summer is You 6.8


                Neko Nine does it all: loud, quiet, contemplative, and aggression. Much of their sound appears to have a slight ‘metal’ sound to it particularly on the louder tracks. What they do is build things up with wordless vocals, various ambient sounds, before they increase the volume. Things do get quite loud on here too. Distortion is used in full effect. Oftentimes the distortion becomes so overwhelming it is difficult to understand what could possibly happen next. Usually towards the end these blasts are rather enjoyable and often keep the melody mostly intact. 

                ‘Breathe in’ offers a gentle introduction into their sonic universe. For ‘Some People are not like me’ they take a more aggressive approach. Right from the beginning the intensity is in full force and by the end it feels almost like it wants to collapse into a little ball. ‘Summer is You’ the title track, veers from a full out sonic assault to gentle moments. Often this shifts on a dime. The listening experience from such an approach results in a great deal of disorientation. ‘Supernova’ takes a different approach and is the most dance-orientated track on the whole thing. Here they appear to let the drums go way into the red. This creates a sort of swinging feeling to the track.

                By the time the ‘Safe in Sound’ arrives all their aggression has been spent. What’s left is a muted version of the band. They are done. The calm is enjoyable. Neko Nine doesn’t experience too much calm but ending it on a quiet note shows what they are capable of once the volume is turned down. In either approach they do a fine job.

Neko Nine – Summer is You 6.8

                Neko Nine does it all: loud, quiet, contemplative, and aggression. Much of their sound appears to have a slight ‘metal’ sound to it particularly on the louder tracks. What they do is build things up with wordless vocals, various ambient sounds, before they increase the volume. Things do get quite loud on here too. Distortion is used in full effect. Oftentimes the distortion becomes so overwhelming it is difficult to understand what could possibly happen next. Usually towards the end these blasts are rather enjoyable and often keep the melody mostly intact. 

                ‘Breathe in’ offers a gentle introduction into their sonic universe. For ‘Some People are not like me’ they take a more aggressive approach. Right from the beginning the intensity is in full force and by the end it feels almost like it wants to collapse into a little ball. ‘Summer is You’ the title track, veers from a full out sonic assault to gentle moments. Often this shifts on a dime. The listening experience from such an approach results in a great deal of disorientation. ‘Supernova’ takes a different approach and is the most dance-orientated track on the whole thing. Here they appear to let the drums go way into the red. This creates a sort of swinging feeling to the track.

                By the time the ‘Safe in Sound’ arrives all their aggression has been spent. What’s left is a muted version of the band. They are done. The calm is enjoyable. Neko Nine doesn’t experience too much calm but ending it on a quiet note shows what they are capable of once the volume is turned down. In either approach they do a fine job.