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Title: The Fourth Garden
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Artist: OverCoat
Genre: Electronica: Chillout/Lounge
Reviewed by: VOiD on July 03, 2007 (All reviews by VOiD)

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1Overall Description
Short, slightly creepy melody featuring a laidback brushed drum track and some trademark OverCoat textures and soundscapes.
 
2Creativity Description
There isn't a lot of groundbreaking stuff here, but what's here is done well. I think the second half could have done with a slightly more prominent lead - not a whole lot is needed, mind; just a few more details could be enough to grab the listener's attention. The opening and the part from 2:35 show promise in that regard, with a dirty synth playing some descending four tone motifs that I would have loved to have heard developed a little further.
 
3Arrangement Description
In an arrangement as sparse as this one it's easy to fall into a trap where the drums seem merely tacked on top - but here, the use of buildup, tension and release is used to full effect and makes the drum part sound like a logical progression even though it alters the overall mood considerably. Apart from that, the piece flows quite well. The way the composer uses choir samples actually brings Fallout to my mind, and I consider that praise indeed.
 
4Sound Quality Description
Nothing is really wrong with this soundscape - the sound is a bit weak on the upper frequencies in the opening half, but it really comes to life when the drums kick in. A little more stereo widening on more than just the reverb probably wouldn't have hurt, though that's a minor complaint.
 
5Does it work as a piece of music Description
It definitely does. When the song is over I'm left wanting more, which must surely be a good sign?
 
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