steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
blankred.jpg (4669 bytes)
info opinion

Departure From Royal

"Kill The Robot" CD

RedBox Recprds

Genres: film music, experimental

Dec 15 - 21 2003

The Departure from Royal formula is a bizarre one.  Blending electronica with acoustic piano, guitar, and drum instrumentation, the band creates pleasant, relaxing background music that is quite beautiful and yet not eventful enough to focus too much attention on.  Kill The Robot is DFR's first album, and it is the soundtrack to a film of the same name.  Minimal in nature, the disc's best moments revolve around recurring melodic motifs and frequently meandering piano doodling.

The album's best moments are its most climactic.  The opener is a fine example of a Kill The Robot highlight.  Its simple melody and subtly funky flow are just what the doctor ordered.  This carries over to the second track, but then eventually fades out by the third, when the album starts to lose momentum as the melodies become less and less apparent.  As a score, it's clear that the music is best suited to being played with the actual film.  It's very moody, and boasts a cinematic, dark sound that would likely work best in its original context.

Despite its shortcomings, however, Departure From Royal's Kill The Robot is actually a terrific selection of music from a mood perspective.  The musicians have done a great job creating a dark, almost claustrophobic sound sculpture that makes you want to go and check out the film it belongs to.  Though often not as melodic as I would have liked, this is still a success as a film score.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: distributed by the label, released 2003]