65daysofstatic have been many things during their 15 years together as a band, but one thing that has stayed ever-strong and consistent is their forward-thrust momentum to chart through progressive songwriting and musical composing.
Having dabbled with math rock, experimental rock, and post-rock in their previous efforts, their newest endeavour – and first full-length album in five years – ‘replicr, 2019’, is a sum of all those parts, but fine-tuned and mashed onto a delicate, futuristically electronic palette.
‘replicr, 2019’ is darkly twisted and sinister, almost post-apocalyptically looking back on what went wrong. Yet, while future life and sci-fi vibes ring loud, the record seems to also be well in tune with cultural and political climate of the world today, signified by ‘2019’ in the title. The soundscape, generally, is already distressing, offloading a relentlessly unsettled feeling that, musically, is the bedrock theme of the record, yet it’s the marking of the year that asks you to think what’s reflecting the real. As a result, ‘replicr, 2019’ feels like an exaggerated, damaged version of our world that’s morphed into worse: a temporal, devastated landscape – with 2019 perhaps being a sign of what’s to come.
It seems reductionist to say that “this record sounds like a disaster movie soundtrack”, but that’s not a disservice to the air of doom that they’ve mastered here, and the fact is that 65daysofstatic have created a similar sense of cinematic dread and suspense through the medium of some highly explorative music.
The opener of ‘pretext’ feeds into the pulsating and panicked ‘stillstellung’, which sets the pace and tone like a warning shot – this is an abandoned fun-fair ride through a dark-clouded, dim-lit path of devastation, and you’re in cart with no seat belt. Shorter tracks, like ‘d || tl||’, ’05|| | 1|’, ‘grv-_s’, and ‘lid’, interject and punctuate the more pronounced, drawn-out tracks, like ‘bad age’ and ‘popular beats’, which are longer pieces that build on percussion, swirling synths, and doom-layered aesthetics. By having these often softer and subtler moments, it allows for a momentary pause to consider the fractured universe that 65daysofstatic have made in more divergent tracks.
‘trackerplatz’ looms eerily as it concludes the record on the sombre tones of plucked guitars and gentle keys. While perhaps a sonically distinguishable departure from their math/post-rock of yesteryear, 65daysofstatic are still capable of creating a soundscape, and in this case, it’s one that’s sinisterly sneering from a not so far off future.