Released: October 6th Label: LOAF Website: Words: Andy Devine

Listening to the debut album from The Present it’s unsurprising that Rusty Santos had a hand in producing Sung Tongs by Animal Collective. The bands compositions have the sound and feel of AC’s earlier more droney and less focused work. It’s only a shame that Rusty hasn’t taken the approach that Animal Collectives’ more dancey and cohesive songs have of late.

There’s nothing wrong with the album per se but it feels more like one entire piece of music rather than a collection songs. This means that if you really want to get the most out of the music you have to put in a lot of time and effort.

Two of the tracks on the album pass the 11 minute mark and, particularly on the title track, you don’t get rewarded for your listening till about 5 minutes in when the song builds up from its simple drum and piano rhythms to some disembodied chanting before being sawn in half by a chilling violin chord and then slowly building up the dread before petering out again.

The music contained on World I See is what I call ‘soundtrack music’ in so far as it has no verse chorus verse structure and that each track progresses in a different style to most conventional music. This is no bad thing but for the casual listener it could be quite off putting.

Having seen The Present live I know that some of these structured songs come off incredibly well in the live setting, particularly the tribal drumming parts, but most of the time you’re left listening to the aural equivalent of masturbation.