Asva – Futurists Against The Ocean
(Web Of Mimicry)
Upon receiving Asva’s â€œFuturists Against the Ocean’, I must admit my interest was peaked. With comparisons to Mogwai and God Speed You Black Emperor (even borrowing the minimalist cardboard packaging), I figured I was in for an epic record still grasping on to what some say is a now passÃ© genre.
The attached press release labels the record as ‘drone rock’, whatever that’s worth. However, the sounds of Asva are in no way relative to the A-list bands they compare themselves to. Although the album plays out in long, barren soundscapes, there is an entire lack of melody, which is what separates Asva from other popular instrumental acts. This album seems to be geared more towards fans of darker, harder music.
The album begins with ‘Kill the Dog, Tie Them Up, Then Take the Money’, sounding exactly as the title suggests with a thick, distorted bass line and smashing drums. Something more comparable to the dark sounds of Type O Negative then the more uplifting GSYBE. Where other instrumentals crawl towards a climax, and seem to tell a story of sorts along the way, Asva seems to be stuck in a repetitive dark loop, never really building to anything different from where it started. The album continues on in the same fashion across four tracks, adding up to just over fifty minutes of depressing ‘drone rock’.
Where Mogwai brings images of denim jeans and Buffalo’s stampeding through large cities, Asva reminds me of a kid in a trench coat playing Doom circa 1996. The music is not horrible, It’s just not what it says it is. It’s a matter of a misplaced label comparing to completely different styles of music simply because they’re both long and instrumental. — Jay C.