Blurred by To Hell with Tradition: Album Review
To Hell with Tradition lives up to its own name by going against the grain and releasing its album ‘Blurred,’ while the rest of the industry trends towards generating and releasing individual songs. It is the brainchild of Germany-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Achim Hofmeyer from Heidelberg, who aims to stick around with consistent productions of conceptual albums.
Based on a single, the album ‘Blurred’ can be labelled an LP as there are 12 distinctive tracks, amounting nearly 40 minutes of play. Beginning with calmness, Drover is a self-portrait amidst a world-full of troubles. Keeping it catchy, Culprit is a brilliant foreplay of lyrics, and Achim works his magic in the pre-chorus like a pro! Monuments is quite diverse for its progression, an indie soundscape that builds a craze around it with coming back and forth of tempo. When you delve further into the next few tracks, Achim’s vocals remain impactful. His sound is reminiscent of Maximo Park and Radiohead, in Eggshells, The Baton, Mercenaries, The Trap, Fences and so on. Howling is easily out of a title song of a series portraying a restless protagonist who stops to admire the occurrences of life. While Ghosts is an eerie, deeper turning point of Achim’s voice. In Paper Wall, has a reflective tone of an epiphany. And over chaotic beats, Paper Cuts makes use of keyboard notes in an energetic progression.
Check out To Hell with Tradition’s music through ‘Blurred’ in which Achim cherishes life while exploring music as an artistic expression!
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Review by: Audrey Castel