Hyperstory – s/t

Hyperstory – Hyperstory

Hyperstory – s/t

When one sets out to make music, they often ask themselves whether an album should be made entirely for their own enjoyment or for the enjoyment of others. But it’s a difficult situation, knowing that this release was originally started for your own benefits and now, it’s involving other people. Challenging for sure but if you’re able to make something that fulfills both requisitions then you can fully relax knowing you’ve accomplished a daring feat.

Hyperstory is the moniker for Los Angeles based musician C. Scott Blevins. He’s quoted as saying that “the one guiding principle on this album was just making the kind of record that I personally waned to listen to.” Sounds like a novel idea and one that will surely work wonders if one statement is true: that you’re an amazing musician. Luckily for us, Blevins’ debut, Hyperstory, is a fantastically honest album with uniquely layered music.

While his musical identity doesn’t exactly match his carefree, effortlessly paced music, Blevins fills his songs with an uncanny amount of desire and flair. The centerpiece is “Will It Ever Change,” a song that swells into a glowing amount of tenacious dynamics and flowing strings and horns. Beginning with a steady amount of fixed tempo, Blevins’ voice is then joined by a shouting vocal much like Pink Floyd’s live sessions; funneling all of these growths, the ending increases in volume and strength before releasing it all into the abyss. There’s enough sample-based programming to make anyone delirious but Blevins packs it in with the right amount of melodies.

So it makes perfect sense that to start things off, “Prelude” is an atmospheric whistler that supports its background chatter with brooding chords and harmonies reminiscent of Ennio Morricone’s “L Arena.” And if you’ve ever heard and fallen in love with “The Ecstasy of Gold” then you know that these subtle touches add a variable amount of substance and depth. Blevins does a terrific job of showering his music with recordings captured in airports, train stations and wide open spaces.

The album’s subdued approach is a fine choice because it allows for Blevins’ ‘easy on the ears’ voice to blow over. Even when he chooses to pick things up on the bass-heavy “Something Good,” the loudness is much like that of Gorillaz’, as opposed to that of Blur’s. With that in mind, the ambient textures of “Home,” with its passing footsteps, female voices and Blevins’ sampling of his own music provide ample time for the listener to sit down, relax and manifest in the following song’s (“A Reckoning”) mesmerizing, flourishing fusion of upbeat thrills and downtrodden solidarity.

The singer’s opening single can be heard below and while it captures the essence of his sound into one easy to fit nutshell, there is a lot to ingest and digest on Hyperstory. Even if you’ve never cared for music that stands tall because of atmospherics and ambience, Blevins’ use of each is turned into pop sensibilities that go a long way towards making a solid debut album. If this is the music he wanted to listen to then so be it because to be frank, I’m sure there’s a lot of people that want to listen to something like Hyperstory.

“A Happening” by Hyperstory

Pureland Records