Applying a symphonic rock ethos to EDM, Perdido Nino defies listener expectations on the arena sound of “Destination Expiration”. Volume deserves to be blasted for this is a truly physical album. The album runs an impressive gamut from classically inclined soundtrack work to 8-bit beat workouts and virtually everything in between. By forgoing easy pigeonholing, he crafts an aural universe that is uniquely his own. Melodically and sonically dense he incorporates a great deal of detail and texture within the massive slabs of sound. Constant shifts in terms of mood, tempo, and rhythm mean that even a single song contains multiple suites. A spirit of true playfulness ties the entirety of the album together resulting in a coherent, unified vision.
The heavily rock influenced sound follows a distinct template. Nods to Daft Punk’s EDM rock mashups appear throughout the whole of the album, from the sheer wanton levels of distortion to the colossal crush of the percussion. Going further into the French connection, Justice’s fondness for prog rock templates also inspires a bit of the more wild, unhinged moments within the singular album. Perhaps most unexpectedly, Perdido Nino’s homage to video game soundtracks fits nicely into the Crystal Castles’ style of things, for, like their work, there is an almost confrontational quality to the urgent sound.
Opening things up “Arrival” sets the tone for what follows. Incredible tech funk grooves emerge over the cacophonous “Destination Expiration”. Easily the highlight of the album there is a freewheeling sense of joy that washes over the entirety of the piece. Put simply, everything works and it works absolute wonders. A fantastic build emerges on the thoughtful tact of “Believe”. Done with such care, the small details matter a great deal as they come in and out of focus. A giddy energy defines the whole of the intense rush of “Does Not Compute”. Stripping things down to the essentials is the old-school 8 bit bliss of “Nytram’s 8 Bit Quest” where he shows off an impressive hear for melody.
“No Pain…No…Gain…Ok Great” opts for a sly tongue in cheek quality as the track unfurls at its own reflective pace. A reimagined spaghetti western flair takes hold over the surreal soundscape of “Un Giorno Nero” which constantly evolves to become a true beast. Neon-hued synthesizer are woven together on the kaleidoscopic tapestry of “A Cat’s Caesura”. With “Inebriated Anomally” the constant shifts of sound result in an ornate, Byzantine series of patterns. Neatly closing the whole of the epic album is the reflective “Departure”.
“Destination Expiration” reveals a new tact for Perdido Nino, showing off a true fire and passion for the dancefloor.