The Log.Os – λόγος
Written by Alex Elder
The Log.Os is a new outfit hailing from Los Angeles consisting of producer Ken Barrientos, singers Iman Omari and Nikko Gray and a plethora of guest musicians that feature throughout the album. These guys seem to be taking that very popular tact at the minute of wielding a tremendous amount of mystique about them; the only real source of information on them is their extremely sparse website consisting of three images and countless links to a free download of this album on Mediafire.
Following a succession of artists taking electronic music to new, weird levels, (SBTRKT and Long Arm being prime examples) this is an album crammed full of densely compressed beats overlaid with some ethereal vocals and the occasional orchestral arrangement. Tracks like ‘Tingy’ and ‘Nascent’ have very little in the way of movement but grow phenomenally under some solid grooves and chord progressions. The former track mentioned trips along with some severe stutters from the percussion department but the chilled keys and R’n’B style croons stop the song from being overly jarring. It’s a shame the new idea, incorporated in the last 30 seconds of the song, is not fleshed out as it could easily stand on its own as an individual track if it was lengthened.
‘Antikythera’ has a real James Blake feel to it; more of the Enough Thunder ilk than The Bells Sketch. The brooding strings in the background and Nikko Gray’s heavily delayed whispers acts as the sweet icing on this metaphorical cake of a song. The album’s peak, for me, has to be ‘Cancerous.’ Even without hearing it, on paper it works. Evolving horns that fade in and out like the tide weirdly contrast the almost tribal drumbeats with a wonderfully fuzzy bass drum sound. Iman Omari’s vocals sound effortless and smooth and are not mixed too loudly, as to not detract from the rest of the song’s instrumentation. Texturally it’s faultless.
Now the problem with this album falls on all the other tracks. It's not that individually they are bad songs, but when in the shadow of these superb and euphonious tracks like ‘Blades’ or ‘Cancerous’ they fall slightly short of the high standards set on this album. The untitled 25 second interlude does not really add much to the album and things to start to tail off slightly on the last four songs but only subjectively to the stunning tracks found earlier on this release.
I would say the good easily outweighs the bad though in this case but consistency could be improved. It’s such a shame as if a couple of songs were improved or diversified more in structure this album would easily be my favourite of this year.