“The High Life EP” is a eccojams/classic-style release that’s a bit different than the rest but familiar all the same. What I mean by that is while it does have some slowed down, pitched down elements, the elements used are mysterious and different; more than what you can say for other albums in the genre.
This album tells the story of a Microsoft executive going about his or her life, the highs, the lows, the money and the drugs… The artist samples an unorthodox amount of hip-hop, phasing it in and out and distorting it to the point where it feels like you’re using Windows 95 for the very first time. Come to speak of it, the entire album sounds like “The Microsoft Sound” with it’s sample selections and its eventual downwards trajectory towards certain doom. The EP shows promise in it’s short timeframe with its soundscapes and overall aesthetic and could possibly be extended and refined even further. Though I don’t know if that is possible.
The album does tend to get tiring as you listen to it. The story behind it is somewhat simplistic and there’s only so much that can be done with the whole “executive” conceit within an EP format. It makes you wish that the story was livelier or the artist just expanded on the sounds for just 3-4 more tracks. Still, this is a good attempt at an eccojams album with a distinctive style. It tells a story in an detailed way and it shows promise.
I don’t know if there’s going to be a follow up but I expect to see some progress with the next album from the artist.