POBA: d’Eon – LP
The new full length album from d’Eon LP is a behemoth of an album, pushing the limits of a compact disc at 73 minutes. What’s contained in those 73 minutes is an expressive, raw and personal series of songs that take the listener on a conceptual journey. I use the C word with reservation, because I’m not sure this is a ‘concept album’ but the lyrical subject matter makes definite allusion to god, love, the Internet and a number of topics that I’m sure I’m missing completely.
Other than stand-out track Century By Century I don’t hear much else in terms of a single on the album. However, what the album lacks in hooks it makes up for in profound moments. Individually these moments might not make for much, but as an album they flow together in a really ear pleasing way. Tracks like Gabriel pt 1 & pt 2 are resemble movements in a symphony or a scene in a movie more than they do club hits.
Speaking of a symphony, d’Eon pulls out all the stops putting together this opus. All manner of percussion and string instruments find their way in between the claps, snares and synths. D’Eon’s voice is at the forefront, sound a bit like Peter Gabriel at his peak. In fact, the album sounds a bit like something Peter Gabriel might have put out in the 90s had he stumbled upon Jungle. For an electronic pop record with a ton of MIDI instruments and it’s share of mangled vocals, it’s surprisingly heartfelt and creative in a way that’s so subtle it could very well make this album the sleeper hit of the year.