With not knowing much about the induction process of joining a cult, I’m just going to take a wild guess and say The Unlearning Curve is the ambient soundtrack to that procedure. Cryptic motifs and eerie chants are riddled within the framework, as dark clouds of airy synthesizer encase the body of this beautifully weird album.
Post Death Soundtrack (yes a very fitting name) really know how to create otherworldly soundscapes, that are both strange and listenable. While this album is far from normal and not for the average listener, It still has a strong grasp on modern rock concepts that can draw in fans of common genres. I’m not even really sure what this genre is, to be honest. Electronic-ambient-cult-rock? is that thing? I’m not sure but I’m going to roll with it.
Anyways, this album has some beautiful, creepy and stimulating moments. One song in particular that exemplifies almost all three of those is a track titled “Little Alice.” I’m guessing, this song is referencing Alice in Wonderland or a twisted interpretation of the story. Maybe a better reference would be that old computer game Alice(2000), where you wield a butcher knife and attempt to kill the Queen of hearts or something, that game is horrifying. But back to the point, the song begins with this bizarre industrial rhythm and an unsettling falsetto vocal melody, from the narrator of this unnerving story. As the song progresses, the vocals shift into this abrasive demonic screaming, pushing deeper into this musically dissonant pit of darkness. In contrast to the oddity of the first half of the song, is a familiar modern rock outro that is a fitting end to this peculiar anecdote.
A noteworthy characteristic to The Unlearning Curve is how varied the songs are. While retaining an overarching sci-fi theme, the album showcases the band’s dynamic song writing talents. “Dance with the Devil,” is an excellent example of how far the band can stray, while remaining relevant to their sound. This song is beautiful ambient and chill, while lyrically dull, the atmosphere of sounds makes up for the slack.
There is not a single moment on this album that I felt like, eh does this belong here? or wow I’m bored. It was a thoroughly enjoyable auditory experience. The only thing, and this a small thing is that I’m not a huge fan of the singer’s voice. It works with the context of the music, it’s just a little too generic. The songs could even be instrumental and I’d still find them compelling. But that’s just my opinion.