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Post Death Soundtrack – The Unlearning Curve – Album Review

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The Unlearning Curve

Post Death Soundtrack’s newest LP The Unlearning Curve takes familiar sounds and vibes and combines them in a way you have never heard, nor felt, before. With members living literally across the country, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, this is the band’s second release, following up 2008’s Music As Weaponry.

Kenneth Buck, Steve Moore and Jon Ireson are Post Death Soundtrack, a group that challenges genre definitions and music’s own limitations, attempting to create something that is completely transcendent. The sound is electronic and organic, new and old, nostalgic yet unusual.

The Unlearning Curve sounds like the child of psychedelic rock and dream pop parents. “That Which Is” starts the record slow and groovy, reminiscent of The Cure, it feels like that eerie calm before a heavy storm. Followed by “You Can’t Go Back Now,” the track gives us some on point vocal harmonies and a playful electric guitar riff that dances around them. As listeners we are becoming accustomed to the Post Death Soundtrack sound and this interesting mix of electronic noises is indicative, culminating in a controlled chaos of an ending that is wonderfully jarring. The song “Beauty Eyes I Adore” is the most unconventionally conventional pop track on the record with more grounded vocal harmonies and some wild electronic noises, here’s lookin’ at you Bowie. “Little Alice” features a Sergeant Pepper sound-alike followed by some heavy grunge guitar. A beautiful piano tune accompanied by some really cool vocal parts, “Through the Gates” sounds like a dream drifting on the edges of a nightmare. “Dance with the Devil” is a chill track peppered with synth tones, that could easily be the next great song ruined by too much radio play. The concluding track “Transform in While Light” sounds like an iconic 80s pop song and puts the album to bed with a solid conclusion that still leaves listeners wanting more.

The Unlearning Curve in its entirety is very well paced. Conceptually, we get the feeling that the story/record/piece of art as a whole is moving forward, and exploring new possibilities along the way. The album is available for your listening pleasure on May 27.

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