I Am David Sparkle - Swords Review

Release date: December 3, 2010
Record label: KittyWu Records

Taken their name off a Malaysian artist, M. Daud Kilau, the band does not actually compose the same genre as him. I Am David Sparkle are the forefathers of Singapore Instrumental/Post-Rock of today. Swords sees the band's second full-length effort after four years of releasing EPs and compilations.

Amran Khamis, Djohan Johari, Farizwan Fajari, Zahir Sanosi

From the opening with Wild Horses to the end with Sleep, Amran and the guys have sent us through an ocean filled with beautiful glowing sea creatures (that are angsty at times. A truly magical and powerful soundscape adventure. Compared to their début, this album has less pre-programmed sounds and samples and personally, I think this is mellower than their début.

The distant sounding of drums in Wild Horses kind of gets you prepared for the ultimate guitar intro. You don't even have to wait for the vocals to be able to feel the emotions cause there won't be any vocals to support any gap anywhere in Swords. It is a very intense intro track to an album full of more intensity. Ghostfuck and A Bad Corpse (Your Majesty) is a two-song epic that has to be divided into two to avoid the risk of exceeding any listener's intensity threshold. Though the latter track is heavier and much aggressive than the former it is still as intense as the intro track.

Heights could easily be a good opening track for playing live as well as Machine which I think they have. Then there's Jangan and Everybody Loves Somebody two of my favourite tracks on the album, steps back from the harsh guitars and falls to a softer dreamy side of the band. Sleep reminds me of what Radiohead would write. Which is not a bad thing at all.

I have been listening to this album for almost a whole month trying to understand how to explain these tracks. But seriously, listen to it and you will understand. Not much words should explain Swords as much as their music can.

After reading this far into the review, you must have noticed how many times the word "Intense" have appeared, it's not due to our lack of a better word but that is exactly what this album is. Pure intensity and intertwining guitar lines that just seems to go everywhere and anywhere and bass lines and drums that keep mashing on your ear drums. MUST HAVE!

6 out of 7 sins

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