CD REVIEW: Vinyl Floorl - Peninsula
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Vinyl Floor
Genre: Alternative Rock
Technical Grade: 7/10
Peninsula is a concept album divided into two parts – the well known literary concepts of Utopia and Dystopia. Utopia is the image of perfection where happiness and love reigns. Dystopia being the contrast where depression, sorrow and forfeiture reigns. In the world of philosophy these concepts may occur individually, but as many might agree, the world is never just black and white. Vinyl Floor therefore explores the tension between these two concepts. However, on the album, Utopia and Dystopia are more than just concepts – they also appear as worlds for human beings to reside in. In the Utopia part you may find dystopian tendencies such as doubt, broken dreams and enmity. In the Dystopia part you may find traces of conscience and regret but also glimpses of hope for a better future. This dynamic amalgamation is the focus of the album and comes to life via the lyrics, moods and artwork. Pederson/Rasmus/Brraun are the 3 sore members of this musical project.
The CD gently takes flight with “Frames and Orchids” a smooth orchestral intro piece that serves up inviting vocal harmonies against impressive earthy strings, epic melody and mesmerizing ambiance. Track 2 “Ghost of England” presents an upbeat moving piece that serves up inviting horns, impressive chorus, and passionate melodic delivery that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “What Lies Ahead” delivers a striking, hypnotic melody with impressive rocked out chorus, thought provoking lyrical content and mesmerizing vocals. The production quality and instrumentation variety is above the bar. Along the way you will notice an array of instrumentation with things like Horns, Guitar, Solo Guitar, Bass, Amazing Strings, Organ, Piano and Keyboards, lush harmonies all built upon an electro-rock rhythmic foundation. Song for song the combination of Alternative Rock meshed with the musical passion from Pederson/Rasmus/Brraun. Now turning our attention over to the vocals - the vocals fill the sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. It definitely works well within the confines of this contemporary Sonic-Pop catalog but some pieces defiantly rock out while others are offer heartfelt balladry. I especially like how all vocals just sort of flows and ebbs melodically with the music. Equally as impressive is the production instincts of these 3 guys - Pederson/Rasmus/Brraun. This CD from Vinyl Floor delivers 12 compelling tracks all providing an interesting snapshot of an amazing band with thought provoking subject matter and conceptual lyrical wisdom. Music is reminiscent of Radiohead, Muse, Franz Ferdinand, Morrissey, Oasis, and U2. All pieces are striking, captivating, positive, and passionate. From passionate “Written in the Cards” and “Car in the Sky” to methodical “Diverting Paths” to rocking “Force You Through” to melodic “In the Air” and Baton Rouge” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with track 12 “Frozen Moon” the perfect wrap for a catalog like this.
A few songs are short sided. All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. The mix though adequate lacks a modern day marketability and dynamic. CD could use more low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity
I like everything about Vinyl Floor. This musical approach by Pederson/Rasmus/Brraun is brilliant. The overall musical concept between Utopia and Dystopia is equally as brilliant. The music is compelling, impassioned, uplifting and melodic. Peninsula captures the essence of the Human Condition via music.The pin drop moments are to die for and the songwriting craft is an interesting snapshot of music delivered from 3 clairvoyant artists from Denmark.