A flawed yet enjoyable electronic album
Mux Mool’s latest album, Implied Lines, is an astounding project that is worth a listen for fans of electronic music. Mux Mool takes listeners on a journey through a stunning electronic soundscape. The album is entirely instrumental, which gives listeners the opportunity to get lost in the music. The album draws on influences from hip-hop music using beat patterns commonly utilized in the genre.
The opening track “Sympathy” demonstrates this use superbly while drawing in listeners with heavy heavy bass lines and beautiful electronic sounds. The same vibe is carried through to the next track, “Monday,” and also features an Eastern sound with a darker tone to it.
The album in its entirety has really smooth beats; that is probably the best quality of the album. There are some jazzy vibes thrown into the project that work really well. The instrumentation follows the drum patterns and basslines, providing for an absolutely dope sound. The other sounds that are used on the album seem to go on top of what is already there and complement the bass and drum patterns without overpowering them.
There are some questionable tracks such as the glitchy “Starfighter Courage,” which is a break in an album that is otherwise strong due to its smooth sound. There are other parts that use the glitchy sound such as “Eyebrow Dandruff,” but “Starfighter Courage” was entirely too much and doesn’t really fit with the rest of the album.
Another questionable track is “Love Song,” the final track in the project. It does not fit well with the album at all and sounds more like an outro for a really bad vaporwave album. It’s easily the weakest track. Had the album ended at track nine it would have rounded out the album in an much better fashion.
Fans of well arranged beats and basslines will definitely enjoy this album. The hip-hop influences of the beat definitely help this album shine. The patterns are simply amazing and sound really well with the electronic sounds that are used. This album was not a masterpiece but a lot of fun to listen to nonetheless.