Review courtesy of: Brayden Turenne [Vancouver Film School - Freelance - Emengy]
In life, nothing is black and white, nothing is certain. Evil is rarely an ugly thing, instead manifested in that which is deceptively beautiful and entrancing. Biocentric, the second album from Vancouver’s, “The Coriolis Project”, reflects this idea in nearly every one of its five tracks. Here, the light mingles with the dark until the two become one and the listener is caught up in a world full of glorious and terrible possibility. The very first track, “Al Pha”, includes the sounds of a stirring infant, and one cannot help but imagine the person this child will come to be. The ambience hints at the child’s future, with a hopeful breeze of synth twisting alongside the creeping drone of coming sins yet to be committed. The Coriolis Project utilize a wide array of sounds for this latest album. Rarely is the listener grounded by a continuous beat. The comfort of conventional music structure is abandoned here, in place of a nebulous haze of synth and darkened drone that here and there echo with sound samples to further reveal a mysterious underlying narrative.
Listening through this regrettably brief album is something like a meditative experience, and evokes a variety of subjects and feelings. Nothing is as it seems in this strange world, pregnant with possibility and potential. A visual that comes to mind that matches with the sound of Biocentric would be that of the opening scene of the film, Prometheus, in which a lone figure sacrifices himself and dissolves his body into a primeval riverbed. Within the raging waters, the DNA of the figure, his essence, begins to form anew, and come to be the foundation of a new species: Humans.
The music feels akin to this scene in how the sinister elements of something like death and the macabre weave seamlessly with the prospect of life and future prospects. Never is one of these things completely in the spotlight, as there can be no light without shadow, and vise versa. This is an elemental dynamic that The Coriolis Project seem to have infused into their sound, resulting in a mysterious and dynamic album.