The World Forgetting, By The World Forgot - Review
Noirhaus is the solo project of Jeffrey St. Clair and this is his debut full-length album. For this debut he has put together a fairly broad range of his tracks ranging from the typical 80's new wave to the current trance-ridden synthpop. The album contains fourteen tracks, with three of these as remixes and a few instrumentals.
While the musical style and content of the album has a fairly broad range, I think the overall influence of Depeche Mode is felt heavily throughout the disc with the exception of a few tracks. The first heavily new wave influenced piece is "The Ghost In You" which kicks off the album, slowly building into a solid electronic piece and introducing us to the baritone vocals. Like this track, most pieces have a fairly mid-tempo, moving beat that is a nice break away from the heavy four-on-the-floor disco-style EBM. Although, having said that, the very next track, "Liquidate" is a heavy hitting piece, that while it stays away from that disco-driving beat, it does have a lot of heavy synths and loops to go with the extra deep monotonous vocals. Other new wave piece include "Core" and later on "Borrowed Wings" is just dripping with that cool style.
Along with these wave influences, there are a lot of trance loops which brings the music solidly into the 21st century. Nearly every piece has at least some part of these simple loops from the first track and especially in "It's Over". This latter piece reminded me so much of another synthpop band Monolithic that also plugs in a lot of these trance loops into his tracks. The flow of the album goes well together through the range of tempos and moods, starting off with the mid-tempo piece "The Ghost In You", building up with the semi-industrial work "liquidate" and driving into the hard-hitting, guitar-crunching "devastation 1" and back on through a myriad of moving tracks. It all ebbs along gradually fading to the slow piano ballad "Deify" which wraps up the "core" of the album, leaving the final six tracks for instrumentals and remixes. At this point I would say the meat of the album is done though fans will enjoy the "extra" material that is left, it seems that nothing really stands out.
Overall, I think this is a great debut album and it gives us a taste of the talents from this artist, though I think in the future we'll probably see a little more originality and substance as is usually typical with artists working on their follow-up work.