Artist: Ike Harold
Title: Firenze Rehab Week
Keywords: Post-Rock, Ambient
Reviewer: Alex Spalding
Ok… now that you’re here, I suppose it’s time to tell you that we’re not going to be watching the American Idol finale, and there will be no Lady Gaga karaoke happening afterward either. This is an intervention. As your friend, let me be the first to tell you… if I may speak on behalf of everyone here… we think you’ve got a problem. A real problem. Please, sit down. It’s the music… no, hear me out. You listen to absolute shit. The first step to getting help is to admit that there is a problem… and maybe it is that you don’t realize how your bad taste has been effecting those around you, but… look at your mother. How do you think she feels, having to hear those terrible Bieber records all night coming from your room? Or your friends, like me, who can’t even be in the same car with you anymore because you’re always trying to flip the radio to some horrible station, playing the worst of top 40 hit records? This has got to stop. We want to help you, but you have to be able to help yourself. You have to want help. Give me the iPod. Thank you. Now that that’s over, will you please listen to this piece of music by Ike Harold? Maybe it could lead to positive change for you.
It is just one track, titled ‘Firenze Rehab Week’, and begins with what sounds like either a deep, low choir or maybe a cello, over which lovely doppler-sounding bells ring out. Strings of higher pitch, violins that is, come in as well. Then, slowly, a rhythm seems to build, starting with a simple ride cymbal. We hear vocal samples… then everything drops, and we’re left with ambient textures, and then more and more sounds begin to rise up. It’s very nice, kind of epic, engaging, powerful. Then I hear piano, strings. I feel like I’m in a dream, sitting by the oceans of another world. It’s like living in a photograph, pleasant, nostalgic, but tinged with a sorrow, for things that either were once before or had never been. After awhile, a fast snare brings up the pace, giving it energy and urgency. Perhaps we are now trying to break free of the illusion? It has the feel of a modern soundtrack, an action/drama. The music is taken back down to an emotive, maybe partly romantic lull, of mostly piano and vocal samples. It ends with a repetitive, ambient drone with more samples, keeping the film feel rolling.
It’s ok… how do you feel? Did you like it? Great! That’s really great. You know, we believe in you. We think you can really do this. Just click on the link we’ve provided you with, and we can start the healing process…