Multisensory Aesthetic Experience, the band’s first full-length release in nearly a decade, is the arguable realization of their aspirations since conception. There is a liberation that occurs within the first few notes of the album, an untethering of the straight jacket of expectations.
The album dips and crescendos moment to moment, song to song with seamless ferocity. From the DMT-infused retro-space odyssey groove of “Kaleidoscope,” to the Byrne-esque mayhem of “The Overview,” to the contemplative hypnosis of “Simple Words,” the resulting experience is one that is visceral, impassioned, expansive—and yes, even transcendent. But for as much as Multisensory Aesthetic Experience represents the realization of Dave Elkins, Zach Gehring and Jacob Marshall’s collective creative vision, it’s the other aspects of the band’s new chapter that will facilitate its true culmination. Utilizing virtual reality, haptics, and even fragrance to bring the swelling soundscapes to life with new kind of embodiment and in deeper immersion, the band invites its audience on an expanded journey to realms yet unreached. In short, a Multisensory Aesthetic Experience.
- David Pogge