Boomkat Product Review:
Gobby follows 2020's "Secret Airways" with another operatic disintegration of baroque tropes and slippery James Ferraro-esque skymall synths on this epic full-length. Fans of Elysia Crampton, Lieven Martens or Arca's recent "Madre" EP, don't miss.
If "Secret Airways" began a sentence, then "Ancient Moods" completes it, fleshing out Gobby's prog-classical concept into a garbled set of madheaded themes, vocal refrains and plasticky Soundfont orchestrals. It plays like a cracked mirror image of the dungeon synth concept: where that genre fetishizes a Medieval landscape using (mostly) cheap electronic folk percussion and post-Burzum analog synths, Gobby approaches the baroque canon with a similar smirk, cheapening it with intent and transposing it into tinny themes you'd expect to hear advertising an Encarta CD-ROM.
The album isn't exactly classical music, it's a tongue-in-cheek representation of our collective memory of classical music in the information age - a fictile rendering of overused cinematic tropes and displaced nostalgic grandstanding. Ideas and themes that used to play a more important societal role - like the operatic crooning in opening track 'Pre-Uhtceare', or the militaristic fanfare that introduces 'Strongheld' - are twisted into comedic shells, dispersed into ringtone-esque micro-themes or background music for Megacorp marketing/training stings.
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