Clandestiny: The Journey Aum

Posted: July 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

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BY: Chris Horton

In two days, “The Journey of Aum” will be hitting the internet….

If you are new to the sounds of Matt Duplessie, then you are in for a real treat. Matt is a multi-instrumentalist that not only writes all of his own music, but records and produces most of it alone as well. He has been a part of many musical projects over the years, and I have had the chance to work with him before, as well as be his friend. I’m lucky to know him, and always love the positivity he exudes.

That being said, this review has no bias. Just my honest opinions.

Matt believes that music can be trans-formative, and healing. I tend to agree. The great luthier, Paul Reed Smith says: “When you are sitting there… playing guitar, you are in no pain. You are in your own world. Music is a natural drug…a painkiller!”

I think Paul and Matt share the same sentiments.

Matt is also a rather dapper looking dude, photogenic, with a sense of style that most of us cant pull off:
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For that reason, he is a bastard.

But seriously…

Matt Duplessie has been recording under the moniker “Clandestiny” for quite a while. He had just finished his first full album when he moved to Savannah from Ohio, and has since reinvented himself many times. From dark and brooding soundscapes, to delicate acoustic songs, chants, or even wailing guitars…. Matt always seems to have something new up his sleeve.

When Matt first described “The Journey Aum” to me, I was thinking that this was going to be a foray into “world” music, which unfortunately, usually has more misses than hits. I’m delighted to say that Matt does not disappoint with this new effort.

Firstly, this is an album to be listened to all at once. There are no “singles” or anything of the sort. The whole album is flows together, and some tracks stand out more than others (more about that later). I recommend putting on some headphones, and just relaxing. That’s how I first took it in. The soundscapes have very sparse vocals, and much of the vocals are used as atmospheric effect. The album truly is a “journey”. As you listen to it, you go through different styles of music, but more importantly different moods. Matt has always leaned towards the melancholic side of melody, and there is plenty of that on “Journey”. But there are certainly lighter moments as well.

There are tracks like “Galactus” that sound like they could be a part of a movie soundtrack. This is the aspect of the album I really love. This album is a “life soundtrack”. It’s pretty safe to say, that this is my favorite track on the album. It has beats and an atmosphere that remind me of the electronic group Orbital, and it is full of emotion.

“Raising the Djed” is another standout track. It has a great pulsing beat, and some really amazing vintage synth sounds. This could easily be a Depeche Mode song. But just when you think you have it figured out, there is a breakdown with eerie flute melodies. The huge electro soundscape that was built at the beginning of the song, is broken down into a minimum. It becomes almost haunting. Like I said, Matt has some tricks up his sleeve.

This whole album is a huge departure from Matt’s previous effort “Songs of Light” (The title track of that album, I’ve shown to so many people, and I listen to it myself a lot. Check it out on his bandcamp site at the bottom of this article). There are elements of every Clandestiny album on “Journey”, but this is meant to be enjoyed as a whole more than any of the other albums. It truly takes you on a sonic journey with ups, downs and in-betweens. No track really feels like “filler”, however some do feel like a lead-in to the next track. No sounds were wasted.
The next time I listen to this album, I think I will put in a favorite movie of mine (Like Donnie Darko) and let Matt’s album play in the background, with the TV on mute. I absolutely love that “Journey” could be the soundtrack to many things: a movie, a happy day in your life, a breakup, a reunion, a birth, a death, or just hanging out at the beach. It is more than a collection of songs. It is a fully realized piece of art.
I usually reserve the last paragraph of the write-ups for criticism. But I cant think of any! Minus a few places where I think the production/mixing is lacking (a matter of taste, being a producer myself). And while you may think this type of music isn’t for you, you might surprise yourself by checking it out.

I am always excited to see what new musical territory Matt explores next, and see how he will once again re-invent the Clandestiny project.

The Jouney of Aum comes out in TWO DAYS! Make sure to check it out!

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