Metaspion Pushes Hard on New Album Cryptomeduza
It would be interesting to observe Metaspion, the one-man producer/musician/artist otherwise known as Morten Richter, at work. Specifically, while he was laboring on a project like Cryptomeduza, it would be a wonder to see the man poring over his tools, his instruments, and how he affects them and they, in turn, affect him.
Cryptomeduza is an unusually aggressive album bordering on the synthesis of folk music and electronica. The music is decidedly kick heavy—on many of the numbers the driving, pulsing emphasis on the one throbs with an assortment of bass and synth instruments. It’s far from light listening, with frequent distorted tracks from electric guitars and keyboards that help set the mood.
With songs entitled “Motherfucker,” “Cryptomeduza”, “Push”, and “What Happened?”, it’s apparent something did, and that it was fairly serious no matter what it might’ve been. Hence, the curiosity behind the artist’s methodology while cranking this collection out.
Whatever the impetus and regardless of how he put things together, Metaspion gives you the full effect on tunes like “Kundalini”, which opens the album with a prolonged, kick heavy introduction hammering on the one. Metaspion smoothes things out somewhat with a catchy melody reminiscent of Irish bag pipes. But the snare is rolling along, the bass keeps pounding on the one, as do the chord progressions, all creating a heavy, intense feeling.
The finer moments on “Push” are certainly evocative of the backdrop for graphic, unrestrained rhymes—which is a compliment unto itself. Here the drums are fleet, the snare is highly accessible, and the bass hits with verve to rivet your head, perhaps so that it nods in place. However, this is simply the first of many different moods, tempos, and movements within the tune, which wildly expands beyond this structured order to encompass a sort of free for all.
Nonetheless, the producer does manage to wend in a few moments of levity in what is for the most part dense, engaging material. “Desire” starts out with a vocal sample that rapidly paves the way for the same melody mimicked by the instruments. Moreover, it’s one of the few tunes with a vocalist, who laces up the hook.
“What Happened?” is another singing song, with vocals on the verses as well. It just goes to show that Metaspion has mastered the art of advancing a musical agenda and balancing it out, which is characteristic of some of the greats.