New York-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Frank Cogliano was greatest identified for his movie scoring and guitar work, with some fairly cool credit to his identify. He labored on plenty of collection of Vice TV as a part of their music division in addition to each indie and fashionable movies and TV collection and was a featured guitar artist on the HBO Mortal Kombat films. It’s solely since December final 12 months Cogliano determined to start out releasing his solo work, and it appears that evidently after two EDM/pop singles, he’s prepared to essentially present the music world what he’s obtained along with his debut album, Computer systems of the World.
Launched in February, Computer systems of the World is an formidable album in plenty of methods. For individuals 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, applications, programmers, et al. he probably used. Like all good experimental digital artists, this organized chaos was a deliberate alternative, nevertheless it 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 lots of them are brief, as a result of I’m additionally structuring it in a manner that displays the present state of our collective consideration span, which is extraordinarily quick and very brief. I attempted to compress as a lot emotion and musicality in as brief a time period that I might.
It’s an fascinating method and an fascinating 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 a captivating one. All that stated, amid the excessive idea cutoffs, chaotic sound design and literal volumes of classic laptop 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 a whole lot of experimental producers. From intro monitor “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 monitor. It’s Brian Eno composing music to a theme park trip that was deserted within the 80s a’la “Downtown” or using via 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 type 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 simple feat. Now that he’s declared his creative assertion with Computer systems of the World, now the one query is the place will Frank Cogliano go from right here, and it’s actually anybody’s guess.
Computer systems of the World is out now and will be streamed or bought by way of a number of platforms by clicking here, together with a restricted version vinyl model on Bandcamp. There are additionally hundreds extra cool and trippy visualizers to take a look at on Cogliano’s YouTube Page.