By the Way of the Devil is flat out weird, but it’s also genius. Pete Murphy has proven once again that his experimental and unapologetic artistry is truly one of a kind.
Electronic music doesn’t get much more immersive and interesting than this – particularly when crafted to such a unique degree, with the perfectly consistent presence of professionalism and a clear passion for audio escapism.
“This music came to me in a kind of lucid dream, in a kind of vision, a very special kind of trance so to speak. Maybe this music came to me from another world, who knows?”
The clever thing about this is that it takes that key vocal idea & initially uses it to represent a gentle, calming aura. Later on, the very same vocal part suddenly seems much darker & even slightly haunted. It’s a superb way to highlight the power of music & the great effect a change in key & atmospheric elements can have.
An interesting track that doesn’t follow the standard set-up – instead creating around you a sort of experimental, atmospheric moment of artistry that provokes you to think a little more deeply on life.
“I wanna let all the weird creative kids like me know that it’s cool to be weird and creative. And that art should be selfish, and if you only make art for money, then you’re a whore.”
Beautiful chaos.. the band succeed entirely in winning you over. For a mere two-track EP, Hectic is an intense & unforgettable playlist of pure musical power. saajtak is a name worth looking out for.
This is about a love for music, for expression, for creating soundscapes within which audiences can truly feel embraced and free from the concerns of the real world.
The concept & the leading voice remain prominent, calm but steady & always familiar; the essential threads that make this what it is. Elsewhere though, the music builds & builds, moving from mild to immense & dramatic in a few short minutes.
The complexity of the soundscapes is mesmerising, and yet the smoothness or unity of everything interconnected within is stunning. There’s excitement and calm at work simultaneously.
Stunning instrumental music from an immensely talented, experienced band, with a clear & unwavering passion for music. Absolutely worth tuning in for.
There seem to be an unlimited number of ways to experience the song, and in any case – you’re likely to notice and appreciate the depth of the musical ability and the sheer artistry of the whole journey.