New York-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Frank Cogliano was finest identified for his movie scoring and guitar work, with some fairly cool credit to his identify. He labored on numerous sequence of Vice TV as a part of their music division in addition to each indie and in style movies and TV sequence and was a featured guitar artist on the HBO Mortal Kombat motion pictures. It’s solely since December final yr Cogliano determined to start out releasing his solo work, and evidently after two EDM/pop singles, he’s prepared to actually present the music world what he’s received along with his debut album, Computer systems of the World.
Launched in February, Computer systems of the World is an bold album in numerous methods. For many who heard his first two singles or know his movie work, it’s a fairly excessive departure from something he was doing earlier than. It additionally clearly took an enormous quantity of composition, layering and sound design to place collectively, and that’s not together with all of the kinds, strategies, packages, programmers, et al. he probably used. Like all good experimental digital artists, this organized chaos was a deliberate alternative, but it surely wasn’t only for the science of sound.
Many individuals are questioning why I didn’t end the songs, or why I’ve so many. They’re all completed concepts, although a lot of them are brief, as a result of I’m additionally structuring it in a means that displays the present state of our collective consideration span, which is extraordinarily quick and intensely brief. I attempted to compress as a lot emotion and musicality in as brief a time period that I may.
It’s an attention-grabbing method and an attention-grabbing commentary on TikTok tradition and the way our consideration spans are, certainly, being ruined by sound byte blasts. Is Cogliano embracing it or deriding it? It’s as much as interpretation, maybe, however the concept of “unfinished” songs to cater to the fashionable mind and its relationship to sound is an interesting one. All that stated, amid the excessive idea cutoffs, chaotic sound design and literal volumes of classic pc noises used on this album, Computer systems of the World is surprisingly musical.
The musicality in Computer systems of the World appears to be the place Cogliano will break from plenty of experimental producers. From intro observe “Cave,” there’s a trackable timeline and a melodic high quality to this album that aligns with lofi electronica and dream pop simply as a lot because the noise features and dissonance burned into every observe. It’s Brian Eno composing music to a theme park experience that was deserted within the 80s a’la “Downtown” or using by way of an precise “Helicopter Vacuum” over EDC at dawn. The work on Computer systems of the World is Aphex Twin with a bit much less screaming and much more jazz.
Frank Cogliano is a kind of uncommon abilities who can actually discover excessive idea experimental music whereas nonetheless giving his work listenability. He pokes on the EDM, lofi and even rock worlds whereas staying true to his music science ardour on this album, and that’s no straightforward feat. Now that he’s declared his inventive assertion with Computer systems of the World, now the one query is the place will Frank Cogliano go from right here, and it’s really anybody’s guess.
Computer systems of the World is out now and could be streamed or bought by way of a number of platforms by clicking right here, together with a restricted version vinyl model on Bandcamp. There are additionally masses extra cool and trippy visualizers to take a look at on Cogliano’s YouTube Web page.