Wow. Interesting. 418am's track, "Rain," opens up with a hacked-up audio clip of swirling wind, or possibly a beeping SONAR machine. A deep, minimal drumbeat joins this looping sample. And next, the vocalist comes in, using an echoing, semi-mystical balladeer's voice reminding me of old greats like Bowie, Phil Collins, or Bono. Anyone listening to this song will instantly know what I mean. Epic, poetic, and quite serious, this singer is not a rock n' roll star so much as a prophet.
However, "Rain" is by no means a throwback. The experimental, industrial soundscape grows in complexity; building into a breakbeat, adding ambient clicks and clacks, swelling and falling like an abandoned factory yard at midnight...until it fades away into the blackness, soft as the rain.
Needless to say, I'd love to see this artist live. I imagine it would be a stunningly intellectual show.
"Rain" is reminiscent of well-known artists such as Phil Collins