Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Fourth Wall - sonic reflections on "Infinite Other"

Infinite Other, the title track of Portland based band The Fourth Wall's latest album is a song that dreamily slow dances until it becomes one of those infinite hugs that you do not want to end. The emotional cues throughout the song are expressed in swaying bass and drums, pearly explosive guitars, ambient unworldly synth sounds and Stephen Agustin's beautiful falsettos. The album, "Infinite Other" turns on a breakup with a long time partner as Agustin reflects, “It’s an album about otherness. I was reading a lot of Foucault and Hegel in school, and thinking about how much of my identity was this reflection of myself through another person.”

Reflections can be many things. Pristine and beautiful, dark and mysterious. Both introspective, cinematic and sometimes breaking into the Fourth Wall.

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Robb Donker