An album review of Dark Red, Shlohmo’s epic tale of hope

dark redShlohmo, a young man from Los Angeles, is well beyond his age of 25. His talents and achievements speak volumes, from founding WeDidit to being a master beat artist. Shlohmo isn’t one to fuck around

It’s not surprising that his latest album, Dark Red, had a perfect beginning. “Ten Days of Falling” is the most appropriate prelude to this chaotic journey I was about to embark on. It became a build up for emotions, tensity, and finding your inner being. 

Sit down. Take a deep breath. 

Of course, behind all of this, there’s a dark presence that engulfs you from start to finish, and I’m okay with that. 

“Meet Ur Maker” creeps up from behind and tears you away into a landscape of gorgeous prolonged notes and wispy beats, climbing out from side to side. All the while, a single melody carries the song. I was hooked.

“Buried” begins with a robotic duel between notes and a story of sadness via stringed notes deepens, ultimately making this song, in my opinion, one of the few modern masterpieces in electronic music.

“Emerge From Smoke” was in same vein as the others. You could feel the intensity getting stronger and stronger, a menacing crescendo of beats and synth. 

“Apathy”, my personal favorite and breaking point of this incredible album, is smacked right dab in the middle. Your first reaction may be to skip the others and listen to this one. If you do this, it would be a betrayal to the art of music, this album, and yourself. It starts, sensually flowing through the lowest depths of sound. There’s a lot going on in this song but somehow, it’s easy to focus on each instrument. A voice calls out and it’s unclear what they’re saying, but it doesn’t matter because it’s fucking beautiful.

“Relentless”, another sad track, gives you the ultimate ’80’s Terminator feel. This one also has vocals, and they’re possibly crying. By the 1:25 mark, there’s a solid beat and it’s no longer sad. It’s progression. 

Take another deep breath. 

“Ditch”, a sweet synth heavy song, destroys you all the way into “Remains”, another melancholic, simple melody that is completely unlike Shlohmo. “Fading” picks you right back up with a heavier and faster beat.

Finally, we are left with “Beams”. You can tell a lot of work was put into this particular song by the little flourishes on each note and arena-esque notes driving into your brain. It’s the best uplifting measure from this sad musical poem. Suddenly, a ridiculously fast beat comes out of nowhere. This mellows out a bit into something I can handle, and Dark Red is concluded.  

This album tells the story of an odyssey and we need to listen. 

Buy the album here.

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