This week’s Study Album of the Week was written by Bill Riley. Cool beans.
This week we have a self titled album by Hectic Zeniths. Now, when I first heard this gem of a music back around thanksgiving, I was in the backseat thinking Thomas had found The Log.os’ new album. I was genuinely surprised to find a pretty young thing like Hectic Zeniths. Now, the name can be weird to say, okay, so let’s practice saying it out loud a couple times before you yell at all your hipster friends about it.
The name is actually a pretty big turn on once you know it’s an anagram for the German word “Zeitschichten,” which means “Layers of Time.” It’s a kind of handshake for your ears; This is me and what you will be experiencing. Because the LAYERS and the COMPLEXITY is so well done here.
Okay, let’s talk technical for a moment. Every song on this album has a really good vibe to it, it’s the perfect study album. Let’s compare it to a few past study guide posts: DJ Krush with less hip hop and some extra atmosphere. Helios with more hip hip and sampling. There’s no article for it, but the aforementioned The Log.os album called λόγος.
A couple of my favorite tracks:
- “Then and Now” starts with a beautifully catchy piano riff. The use of sampling is so elegantly woven into this track that I pretty much man-cried the first time I heard it.
- “I Might Drown” is so well done… honestly, this album is worth buying simply for this song alone.
Hectic Zeniths’ self-titled debut is out now – grab it on Bandcamp.