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Posted May 14th, 2012 (2:11 pm) by Ross Condit
The M Machine

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7/10
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The M Machine's debut EP, Metropolis Pt. 1, just dropped on Skrillex's OWSLA label on April 24th. It’s a thematic album that plays on Fritz Lang’s eponymous 1927 film, “Metropolis” about a dystopian city.

The album is old school electro with some dubby influences. It’s flavored with emotional, theatrical vocals that would have worked well with Lang’s original film.

All of the tracks on the disc were pretty good. It was an interesting, consistent listen with enough variety to make it fresh, while at the same time, keeping the EP’s themes flowing. There were a few standouts: “Shadow in the Rose Garden” has the most depth, and was the most unique track found here. The vocals were different to be sure – they’re masked and fuzzed out, almost like a semi-transparent layer. This is also the most dubby track of the album. Opening track, “Immigrants” and “A King Alone” were both faves as well.

According to the band’s frontman, Ben “Swardy” Swardlick; “The whole M Machine thing has been about taking a project that’s been at the ground level and seeing how legit and big you can create it before you even launch.” I’d say they’re off to a great start.

There’s been a pretty solid buzz surrounding this band due to their tremendous live performances, and the uniqueness of their music. The fact that they’ve signed with Skrillex’s label, and have, what is reported to be an amazing rehearsal space/band clubhouse/arts collective in the band Journey's old warehouse/studio in San Francisco.

Did you notice the “Pt. 1” in the title? Don’t worry, it wasn’t merely a tease. If you liked this, The M Machine’s debut album has essentially been designed as a two parter, and the plan is for there to be a “Pt. 2” in the not too distant future. The band has created an interactive website for the album, where each "page" tells the story of the song. Check it out in the bands webpage link to the right.

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