The New Low Standards - Dire+
Label: Pointless Blank Records
The New Low Standards is Jake Vida’s ambient side project and released on his label Pointless Blank Records. There are five previous released tracks and one unreleased track. I am a big fan of ambient material, artists like Dead Voices On Air, Aube, Ctephin and Ghoul Detail. After hearing this release I think I have a new favorite. It’s not just ambient noise, it’s musical sounding and there is a lot of texture in some of the tracks.
The first track, We Die, is a great this ambient music I was talking about. A drone is played in the background with a light high note put in here and there and there is also a very faint loop, like a hum playing throughout the track. Lots to focus on and it’s a great opening track. There are some low notes too and this makes it sound very creepy indeed.
Track two, Dire Wolf, begins where the last one left off. The low hum loop starts off and most of the same noise are heard but played different. I think I hear a guitar but it could be anything these days. At 3:40 something happens. A great organ type sound comes in. High and light, and drones away till the track ends at 4:45. Well done.
Track three (the longest one at 11 minutes), Werewolf Sexomnia, begins with some faint drones that you need to be very aware of. Soft and light sounds that cascade around your room. In the background there is a very light drumbeat as well. It doesn’t take away the drone effect cause it is very soft. This track seems very tribal and has a worship-the-werewolf feel to it. It works very well and happens to be my favorite on the disc. There are a lot more high-pitched drones in this track past the 5-minute mark and they very well could represent the Wolf howl. At 10 minutes the drum beat gets louder to end the track. Well produced and planned all around.
Track four, Rotting Ice, carries more of the same type of drones as in the last tracks. It’s not like these tracks are all the same though. They have their own place on the disc and Jake is just using the same methods. Out of any of the other tracks this one has the most high pitched notes in it. Along with a looped symbol hit from a drum it sounds. It ends beautifully too and although it’s my least favorite on the disc I still thinks it’s great.
Track five, Seeing Evil, is the low note drone track. Lots of layered sounds and all at the low pitched style that I seem to like more. This track is for the darkness. Play loud and close your eyes for an experience. Within the low drone there is a scraping tickle loop that fades very nicely into the track. It ends as the tickle picks up noise at the 7 minute mark.
The bonus track, Stone Tongues Speak Part 2, is much like the first five in style and fits this release well. I wouldn’t have known the difference if it didn’t say it was an unreleased bonus track. Very soft and faint drones layer in and out of each other over 9 minutes. This track ends nicely to with some high pitched sounds moving in and out. A very good track to end a marvelous disc.
With all Pointless Blank Record disc this is very limited and made to just 20 copies. The printing is fantastic and the CDr itself looks like a pro job. Jake needs to limit his works to over 50-100 so that more people can hear his works. It purely amazing material and I recommend that if anyone sees a copy of Jake Vida’s projects, like this one, to snatch it up quick and never get rid of it!