Being a lover of music that is different can often prove a little tough due to the sheer amount of stuff that all sounds the same. However, talented Brighton artist Rory McLean aka Falsense recently contacted me with his one of a kind record Death Of A Hidden Influence. With a promise of something different attached to it, I was hoping I was in for the real deal and thank God I was!
Falsense is an eclectic mix of rock and jazz with a bit of electronica and blues thrown in. Although the March released EP is just three tracks long, it’s a great taste of what Rory does and I can only imagine how electrifying and spell-binding his live shows are.
Kicking off with no more than a 25 second title track, which simply features Rory singing along to a piano, uttering the words “I close my eyes just to watch them glow. What is it that makes your tongue so loose?” which is a sentiment that repeats itself in the other two tracks. Even in this short little snippet of a song, Rory’s personality shines through on the hiss of the final word adding a touch of drama.
11 3′s is a song where the jazz influences reign as the brassy blasts accompany Rory’s kooky vocal. There is also a blues vibe in the guitar and odd electronic whizzes which are glimpsed here and there. So much charisma is involved within the vocals and there’s a definite air of early Panic! At The Disco to it. Indeed on their A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out album, there was a lot of clashing of their emo rock and the vintage sounds of jazz instruments. It’s pretty similar to what Falsense accomplishes but at the same time, he manages to create something very original. Steady drums with captivating instrumentals is what characterises this song and the electronic glitches at the end add an unexpected twist in the tail.
Ending on The Tellerel with its punkish vocals and metallic swaying riff joined of course by the jazz element. It’s an odd clashing of worlds that somehow works even though, on paper, you’d call it crazyness. A bouncing instrumental with a sad jazz blues end rounds off an unpredictable EP that leaves you with a message transcending from the opening poetic lines. “What is it that makes your tongue so loose?” refers to speaking before thinking and closing your eyes to watch them glow is a metaphor for exploring your mind. Thinking is a fundamental part of everything and instead of running up your mouth, you should open up your mind and see the beautiful glow that lies within you.