Review: The M Machine ‘Metropolis Pt. II’ [OWSLA]
Following the success of Metropolis Pt. I, The M Machine bring us the long-awaited second half of its debut album.
When asked if wether Pt. II is going to be the end of this story arc, member Swardy stated “we intend to wrap things up in terms of Metropolis related imagery in pt. ii – never know what we’ll be inspired to revisit in the future tho(ugh).”
Unfortunate news for those enjoying what the Metropolis concept has created, but it’s always good to move on.
With six songs each unique in their own way, this release is set to be one of the most original of 2013.
“The Palace (ft. Blake Hazard)” is the first track of this release and has a beautiful connecting flow throughout the whole song. From the clean piano intro, The M Machine quickly bring in electronic elements with a melodic solo akin to an electric guitar. Once the vocals come in, you are taken on a journey that builds to a climax with powerful drums and massive chords.
“Ghost In The Machine (ft. pennybirdrabbit)” comes next, taking listeners in a more calm direction. The vibe here is just says “sit back and relax.” The aptly named “Tiny Anthem” continues with the steady, chill vibe, bearing beautiful melodies and vocals that really tie the song together.
The next two tracks take us back to an energy and tempo more familiar for all you dance music fans. Both “Moon Song” and “Schadenfreude” share the aspects of big chords on the synthesizers, followed by fist-pumping hard, energetic whatever-you-kids-call-energetic-four-to-the-floor-music-these-days.
This musical journey ends with the last track “Luma,” which, in itself, is it’s own musical journey. Clocking in at a staggering nine minutes, this song sounds like five unique songs knitted together. Starting off with a clean classical piano piece and a progressive second motion, we are brought to the four-to-the-floor section, completely different from the first two. The fourth part consists of arpeggiated notes and occasional backing vocal chants. The last part brings closure to both this long piece and Metropolis itself, and reminds me of something out of the Portal soundtrack.
The M Machine stands out from almost all other musical concepts by not binding itself to any one genre or tempo. This most recent release is certainly a testament to their unique vision.