Dec 2011 28

The Alacrity - ShapeshifterThe Alacrity
Category: EBM / Industrial
Album: Shapeshifter
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Darker in tone than past releases, The Alacrity’s latest release solidifies the act as a major contender in the realm of modern electro/industrial.


 

It might be easy for some to dismiss Jason Alacrity as yet another underground solo musician striving to make a name for himself in the electro/industrial scene, but to do so would be to miss out on a budding talent who has the skill to contend with the heavyweights. Appearing on various compilations, remixing the likes of Bella Lune and Angels on Acid, and performing live alongside Stromkern and Skinny Puppy to name a few, as well as being a finalist in a cover contest for FIX: the Ministry Movie, Alacrity has already earned a sizeable reputation enhanced by his own creative output, culminating in his latest album.

From the onset of “D:soLVE” with its infectiously danceable beats, entrancing sequences, and swelling guitars, Shapeshifter exhibits a darker sound from his previous work. His throaty rasp augmented by subtle and tasteful vocoders, his vocals sound somewhere between Project Pitchfork’s Peter Spilles and VNV Nation’s Ronan Harris, possessing a firm grasp of melody but never lacking in aggression and atmosphere, not dissimilar to Imperative Reaction. The same can be said for the rest of the album, with “Memories” being a surefire hit for the dance floor as its somber ambience and despairing lyrics, while the complement of guitars and glitches on “Red Mercury” do well to enhance the track’s mechanical emotion. And then there are the slower moods of “Graveyard of Empires,” lacking none of the energy but allowing the strength of the melodies to shine, while instrumentals like “Temper” and “Girls are Made Out of Scorpions” emphasize Alacrity’s production abilities as layers of industrialized beats and synthesized manipulations mesh to create a soundtrack of pure electronic power. Adding to the emotive qualities of the album are the presence of female vocals, as Bella Lune’s Fuchsia adds a ghostly ambience to the ascending rhythms of “Wolfs Hook” while The Analog Girl takes the lead on “Smoke & Mirrors,” her almost childlike restraint adding an air of caution and foreboding.

Suffice to say, The Alacrity has made some significant strides with Shapeshifter, taking his proficiency of production and performance to new levels of cohesion and consistency. Each song flows excellently from beginning to end, and even the filler tracks display careful construction and thought, resulting in a full listening experience. With longtime cohort Grant Lovelace adding his acerbic touch on the guitars for added boost, The Alacrity should not only appeal to fans of the modern electro crowd but also demonstrates the chops to be a powerful and driving force in the scene.
 
Track list:

  1. D:soLVE (Original Sin)
  2. Smoke & Mirrors (Version)
  3. Memories
  4. Shapeshifter
  5. Red Mercury
  6. Girls are Made Out of Scorpions
  7. Graveyard of Empires
  8. Thurisaz
  9. Wolfs Hook
  10. Temper
  11. Red Mercury (Epilogue Mix by Impurfekt)

 
The Alacrity Website http://www.thealacrity.net
The Alacrity MySpace http://www.myspace.com/jasonalacritymusic
The Alacrity Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Alacrity/136694993900
The Alacrity Twitter http://twitter.com/JasonAlacrity
The Alacrity ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/thealacrity
The Alacrity SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/jason-alacrity
Shinto Records Website http://www.shintorecords.com
Shinto Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/shintorecords
Shinto Records Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shinto-Records/156976650451
 
Purchase at:
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2011-06-29
 
Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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