May 5, 2011

Swenlo-Generators of Evil Part I

The creator of Generators of Evil Part 1, Vadim Sahakian, goes by a few names, including Midav, and his project name, Swenlo. He has been making music and playing classical piano and guitar for over a decade. He wanted to express himself in both simpler and more meaningful ways, though, and that was the start of his electronic music production. Swenlo created his own music label, Spirit Charity, which fosters likeminded artists with the outlet to create freely.

This psychedelic album begins with what sounds like it could be a newscast bringing with it a feeling of foreboding while talking about “the beginning,” the backdrop being a bevy of dark, ominous sounds. Then after some talk in an Asian language, at around the two minute mark, there is a slow guitar lead-in to a segment that emulates the muffled, echo-y quality of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.”

If you have a favorite part of this production, you’ll have to remember the time that particular sound appeared. A unique quality to this 44-minute album: there are no individual tracks, it is a continuous work of artistic expression by Swenlo. There is a lot of electronic organ work reminiscent of 60’s music, and around a fourth of the way through the musical composition, we hear some really awesome guitar playing. The guitar is just screaming to be heard and stand out above the calm, underrated version of guitar played previously. The middle section of Generators has a frantic uptake, before coming back down into the male/female harmonious hippe-style singing of the 60’s. At the end of the composition there is an abrupt transition into a vocalist with a smooth voice and then a group singing in Hindi.

The lyrics on this piece of work are not so noteworthy. There is talk about the beginning of time, of living a better life, love, and general filler; generic topics. What really stands out is Swenlo’s ability to combine these very different sounds and styles of music so easily. The transitions are seamless, and the sounds truly diverse within the context of this style of music. Generators of Evil Part I brings with it just enough change from one sound to the next within the spectrum of psychedelic rock, which makes the album equally nostalgic and enjoyable.

4.5 Stars

Christen LaFond

May 5, 2011

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