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CD REVIEW:  Casey Fallen - Atmospheric Disturbances

by: Cyrus Rhodes

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Artist: Casey Fallen
Album: Atmospheric Disturbances
Label: In Fall Productions
Website:
https://www.caseyfallen.com/

Genre: Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Sadcore,

Sounds Like: The Verve, Radiohead, Beck, Linkin Park, Death Cab for Cutie. Pink Floyd, Terence Trent D-Arby, David and David, Linkin Park, The Psychedelic Furs

Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 6/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 5/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Fragile, Flight 143, Cocktail Party
Weakness: Short sided songs, Lack of vocal harmonies, lack of vocal risk-taking and raw emotion, overly synthetic production, lack of live drummer.

 

CD REVIEW:

 

(LOS ANGELES) Casey Fallen just released his latest album entitled "Atmospheric Disturbances" (In Fall Productions). Project members include: Casey Fallen (Vocals, Songwriter, Guitars, Keyboards)  and Doug Osborne (Lead Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals and Producer). CD was released in 2014.

 

First up Track 1 “Fragile” serves up a melancholy psychedelic groove meshed against hypnotic lyrical content, strong melody, impressive keyboard accents via even keeled vocal delivery from Fallen. This intro track sets the tone rather well for a sad core psychedelic CD like this. Track 2 “Last Glance” keeps thing moving with its methodical intro that continues to build into a passionate yet psychedelic pop-rock statement complete with impassioned vocal presence and a melancholy musical flow. Track 3 “City Lights” serves up yet another emotionally laden track with thought provoking lyrical content, driving rhythm that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As these songs slowly unfolded I could hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic The Verve, Radiohead, Beck, Linkin Park, and Death Cab for Cutie. I can even hear a bit of classic Pink Floyd, Terence Trent D-Arby, David and David, Linkin Park and The Psychedelic Furs. I would classify this music as Alternative Rock, with a slight aftertaste of trippy Psychedelic Pop and Sadcore. The songs themselves are neurotic, eccentric, fascinating and very interesting - all reflections of the artist. One can't notice intellectual, passionate and powerful subject matter delivered between the spoken word, with a heavy dose of raw truth and bi-polar vocal emotion in between. The musicianship, sampling and production touches from from Osborne are rock solid across the board. Kudos goes out to the amazing solo guitar from Osborne. It's fair to say Osborne has a huge role in this production. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also notice things like thick low end beats and rhythms, sampling, strings, Spanish style acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, solo guitar, synthetic sound effects. Fallen has even keeled melodic control throughout. Equally as impressive is the how he makes each song his own making a distinct and strong (singer to listener) vocal connection with who he is. Fallen has an appealing timber and an appealing restless look and baritone. The songs themselves are reckless, boldly honest and packed to the hilt with raw truth and lyrical content straight from the heart. Fallen’s vocal style works well with respect to this style of music and just sort of flows like a ship lost at sea. What I like most about the music is its consistency, mood, and bi-polar intellectualism and infectious persona from fallen. In this aspect "Atmospheric Disturbances personifies the Human Condition All engineering aspects check out. CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. To melodic “Flight 143” to melancholy “Who Want’s a Broken Boy” to grooving “Cocktail Party” to neurotic “Runaway” to psychedelic “Bar Keep” to rocking “Blue” this CD has something for just about everyone. CD ends with Track 13 the title track, the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

 

All song under 3 minutes feel like incomplete statements to me. I wish I heard a few more vocal emotions from Fallen especially during the finale moments of the music. I also with I heard more vocal harmonies throughput to mix up the vocal delivery a bit better. Fallen takes the low road on all songs avoiding any serious vocal risks that would indicate to me a serious world class vocal delivery (Vibrato, Falsetto, Control, Power, Finesses). At the end of the day this CD comes across as sounding a bit one dimensional. Beat and rhythms sound somewhat synthetic, I would recommend incorporating a live drummer on future recordings or bring in an experienced Beat Master to take things up a notch in this department. I'm not crazy about he cover art.

 

In close “Atmospheric Disturbances” by Casey Fallen is a highly original, somewhat unpredictable and fascinating musical experience from start to finish. Although it's primarily alt-rock based you never know what's coming round the corner with this band. The music is fresh and highly entertaining. Its strong suit – its amazing vocal presence and impressive songwriting finesse led by this amazing duo Casey Fallen and Doug Osborne. They make a good team creatively and feed off each others strengths.  The songs are extremely melodic, passionate, and captivating and somewhat dark and unpredictable. All these songs have a ring of truth to them. Each song possesses a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Casey Fallen is surging for many reasons armed with a brilliant perspective an voice to inspire your vivid emotions and imagination. Need I say more?

 

Cyrus Rhodes

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