Beaten By Them – Invisible Origins

Beaten By Them – Invisible Origins

Modern music has positively been able to stay afloat with some of the freshest new innovations continuing to surface. Whilst many still wonder where all the new music has gone, bands like Beaten By Them are continuing to relentlessly pound away with a desire and heart that goes beyond your basic genre role call. Creativity is hard to come by and for many, music has gone stale and old: far too old to conjure up any kind of fighting spirit. But with Invisible Origins Beaten By Them don’t offer anything necessarily original and still, the album propels with a sensitive ability in being able to take the oldest ideas and turn them into something interestingly great.

On Signs of Life, the band conveyed the album’s title with forceful reckonings that beguiled the listener’s efforts. The more time you gave the album the more rewarding each listen was and still, it wasn’t until closing “Pioneer 10” that you really sensed the band was finally hitting overdrive. On Invisible Origins, the precursors act as the foreshadowing and with music that is fortunately, just as expressive as it is menacing, these eleven songs are sharper signs of life that highlight skilled efforts. The twisting guitar that starts “Final Sun” initializes a prevalent discord of drums and wavering riffs before settling on a rigid tempo and later on “Water,” a beautiful piano counterpart turns minor and dissonant with great ease. There is a definite amount of maturity that has been developed and a lot of the songs reach into a more reflective, reassuring state with brilliant care. Songs are able to meld and blend within each other without ever needing to be suffocated with cluttered arrangements and the result is a refreshing collection of strong and varied instrumental music.

Songs like “Lost” transcend with atmospheric rumblings that support the progressively gradual build of the music with purely aesthetic touches. Much like before, Beaten By Them take to a nature that incorporates all sounds into a massive melting pot of sounds; fused through undertakings that all include fantastic climaxes, these pots are definitely brewing with massive sounds. Through “Lost” the band weaves a scaling guitar around the focus of a careening string section and scattered cymbals. Here the climax hits when the guitar meets the drums head-on: the melody is the strong current and the corresponding instruments and harmonies acting as the rushing waves crashing around it. Without losing attention too much, the music is – as a natural result – far more fluid, expansive and perhaps, simply better than before.

While their previous effort featured a slew of songs that were over the seven-minute mark, Invisible Origins scales back the embellished compositions, for the most part. Even “Damp Sky 2” acts solely as a transitional piece through a new sound and with a new-found approach on song structure, the singular work past ten minutes, “Vanishing Point,” ends up being the album’s glistening moment with a blistered guitar part and churning synths. Driving the walls with minimal modifications and trimmings, the music is pensive and filled with tension. Once you feel the bass might just disintegrate into nothingness, the music escapes through a hole in the bottom that makes way for a screeching organ that never lets go. Like the pounding bass, it wails through the ending along with each passing addition. Even the most subtle of changes can make a difference and in terms of sequencing, a terrific one for Beaten By Them.