Last Week, Raven Bush (not to be confused with Raven featuring Jocelyn Brown in the 1984 smash hit, ‘So In Love’) released his debut LP, Fall Into Noise, but not before dropping a series of singles like breadcrumbs to whet the appetite.
Raven pivots from the familiar sounds of ‘Moonglades’, ‘You Should Have Told Me’ and ‘Harp’ while carrying his signature hooks and transitions; he explains the move in a Stereo Sanctity press release: “As a title, Fall Into Noise is about the acceptance of all that you can’t control […]I find it interesting that noise can be disconcerting to one, yet sublime for another. For one person a sound which makes them anxious, makes another aware of something mystical. I’m talking about uncontrollable forces and how we perceive them. A friend was telling me about how the thought of the ocean, with its unstoppable power that everyday just went in and out with the tides, was terrifying. everything just ‘is’ and it’s up to us to decide and embody meaning to it.”
I’ll be honest with you, this was an album I almost didn’t give a second listen to, but like the ocean it sucked me back in. A dash of theatre production choreography, mixed with club night bangers, and electric church anthems, maybe not exactly what Jimi had in mind, but you get the drift. The album all but preaches an electric eulogy to living in the moment forcing you to be present for it.
Dipping in at about the halfway mark, ‘Made of Stars’ is one of the most refined and balanced tracks on the album along with ‘Your Space’ (a track perhaps best kept for a sensory deprivation tank experience); six minutes rolled by seamlessly with this classic three act structured tune. Running themes throughout Fall Into Noise, you’ll hear are alternating paralleled beats, one slow, one fast. ‘Start of Something New’, the LP midpoint cut, is a great example of this; the hooks are clean cuts that somehow make juxtaposed themed sounds seem naturally woven together.
Not all the sound experiments join up so well however, ‘Never’ a track I hope to -never- hear again shouldn’t have made the album, it’s an anxiety inducing candy rave BPM smorgasbord. ‘Raven’s March’ is where he really stretches legs creatively giving the listener a sample of his accumulated musical capabilities with a taste of what’s to come. If you enjoy John Carpenter’s Lost Themes scores, you’ll probably hear elements of throughout this LP. Give it a listen, or two.