On first listen of No Tomorrow‘s opening track, “Triumphal Theme,” it appears as though Eddie Entropy would fall into the same clichéd categories as most house music that attempts to use noise as a soundsource while never really being “noisy” or pushing the envelope. And the artist’s moniker doesn’t do much to dispel that idea, either.
But after “Triumphal Theme” gets past its opening trip-hop rhythm, Eddie Entropy infuses a few vocal/animal sound samples and layers it under a drifting synth drone that hypnotically drives the song to its conclusion. Unfortunately, the piece concludes with about a minute of sheep and animal sounds that do little to move the listener, and one wishes that rather than cut out the drone, Eddie Entropy would have chopped off the unnecessarily prolonged samples.
Second track “Tunnel” draws on a Tales from the Darkside episode (thought I wouldn’t know that, did you now?), using vocal and even musical samples from that episode to create a nice darkwave track that somewhat echoes the work of Cold Cave. Simple in execution, “Tunnel” attracts me because of its darker synth tone and its obscure reference, although it dwells a bit too much on source material and not enough on idea progression.
“Anonymous John” picks up with that sort of trip-hop/darkwave feel, incorporating a buzzy synth drone while layering with electronic tom drums and a rhythmic tribal-esque dance beat. It’s a short track, and though its similar to the two tracks before it, it feels the weakest of the four tracks displayed on the EP.
The final, title track, “No Tomorrow,” opens with seagulls and another droning synth, only to progress into a horror movie sample and a pulsating march, coupled with a dark spoken word poem. Occasional sound samples drop into the mix, an amalgam of different sounds derived from somewhat random places. It’s difficult to decipher at times exactly what purpose the samples are serving, especially the opening gulls or the monster groan, but the martial beat carries the poem along. “No Tomorrow” seems less about the sounds and more about the spoken word, which takes prominence over the samples in the background.
Overall, No Tomorrow is an interesting mix of genres and sounds that explores multiple areas of the electronic genre. However, it feels as though the EP is a little too loose with its ideas, resulting in a disjointed mix of tracks that lack a structural unity. At 15 minutes, however, Eddie Entropy is able to develop some good soundscapes out of various source materials, and the track “Tunnel” hints that darkwave might be the artist’s best pathway.
Check out this album, and others of Eddie Entropy’s, on his website.