1. Breathing in Seconds
2. At Last
4. Headspin (Distoria Mix)
5. Waiting Game
6. Where Do We Go
You cannot help but close your eyes. You feel your blood pulsing through your veins. You swear your heart has slowed down and sped up all at once. It’s like all the tension and excitement of foreplay drawn out over seconds and minutes that feel like days and years. And that’s just the instrumentals. HavocNdeeD, a band born from the collaboration of three talented musicians from the West, is set to release their second album, Distoria, on July 10th. You can look forward to the lead singer’s smooth and sensual voice, like solidified smoke, with all of the passion of sex. The issue, though, that this band runs into is that the vocals and the instrumentals are telling different stories, or at least different chapters of the same story. I have full faith, however, that this will be resolved as the band ages a bit. There is simply too much talent for them to not keep improving. You can tell just how much talent there is if you listen to every little nuance in each song. Every second is packed with layers of meaning and emotion. And, let’s be honest, this is the kind of album you will listen to while relaxing on a couch in a poorly lit room with some of your closest friends.
Distoria has a relatively short tracklist, only six songs, each relatively long. Each song deserves its own quick run-down since they are all have their own special feeling. The first track, “Breathing in Seconds,” is my favorite. It is hands-down the most seductive song I have heard in quite some time, but not in a conventional way. “At Last” has a sci-fi western feel. If you have seen the series Firefly or the movie Serenity, this song hints at the song that plays during the opening credits when the horses are running from the space ship. The vocals and instrumentals come closest to telling the same story in “Vision.” “Headspin (Distoria Mix)”has a bit of an end-of-the-world/post-apocalyptic feeling, which I love. “Waiting Game” is probably the weakest song on this album. It has a bit of screaming, which ruins the chill vibe of the album, and there is this weird noise that keeps popping up throughout the song that kind of sounds like a monkey dying. But, even this song has some really great moments. “Where Do We Go” is pretty classic dub-step with hints of outer space and ghosts. It also has some of the best lyrics on the album, not that you are listening to these songs for the lyrics.
Overall, HavocNdeeD created a pretty solid album with Distoria. I think that this album should be taken more as an indicator of better things to come rather than just a pretty good album. In general, it is easy to listen to and has an ability to evoke strong emotions. I would definitely suggest buying this album when it is released on July 10th and just letting it play while you sink into your couch.