Infinite Number of Sounds
"Time Wants a Skeleton" CD
Number of Sounds Recording Company
PO Box 14328
Dec 22 - 28 2003
from Cleveland, Ohio, Infinite Number of Sounds call themselves
an "electro-rock/media-art performance group." Time
Wants a Skeleton is their debut album, and it's an interesting one
indeed. The band's repertoire isn't really organized into clear songs,
but instead into short pieces that work with certain concepts.
The resulting album is pleasant to listen to, but somewhat
unfulfilling; none of the tracks seem to go anywhere.
"Emojoe" and "The Modulator" are perfect
examples of the good side of INoS. The former is a lush,
trumpet laced instrumental (think L'altra without the words),
while the latter is a chirping slice of electro. The album's other songs
are also a very eclectic, intriguing mixture of styles - indeed it
seems as if there are an infinite number of sounds on this disc.
However, we also learn a very valuable lesson here - that
there is more to music than interesting ideas. If you look past
gems like "Nine Turning Mirrors" and "Emojoe," Time Wants a Skeleton
is a tad dull.
Infinite Number of Sounds have all the tools, they just need
to work on their songwriting. Instrumental music is a tricky
business, but you've got to do it right. Time Wants a
Skeleton falls just short.
[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2002]