First off, Discontinuum has been a part of On The House for years and haven’t received a review yet. The fact that Discontinumm has been actively following On The House for this long means the world to us – so the very least I could do, was review their latest release from June 2020 titled; ‘Inside The Discontinuum’.
Clocking in at a whopping 27 minutes long, I can’t tell if this is a single, an EP, an album, or the genuine soundtrack to the discovery of a new world that has somehow made its way on to this website. Alien-like soundscapes mask the track in an unnerving way that is diffused by the big, open sounding instruments that follow them. Delving further into the track, we find the release constantly building and developing, pushing the boundaries further and further with every minute.
The fantastic thing about ‘Inside The Discontinuum’ is that even though its length is intimidating, once you’ve committed to the track, half an hour can pass in what feels like seconds. This alone is a real homage to Discontinuums efforts to not only capture a listener, but consistently captivate them as well – and this is coming from a punk fan, who usually likes songs that end around the 1 minute mark. I almost feel like I have a slightly twisted, yet personally progressive montage happening around me now as I write this review. Like the scene in a film where the evil villain is getting their master plan ready, whilst the main protagonist is debilitated for some very inconvenient reason and i’m rubbing my fingers together with a white cat on my lap.
Halfway through the track we are hit with a gorgeous female vocal that really breaks up the track and at the most perfect point too. The delicate tonality and the drawing back of the instrumentation almost makes it feel like a new song, but is soon pulled back to reality by the growing intensity.
This release should be considered a personal masterpiece by Discontinuum and they should have nothing but pride in its creation. It’s hard enough creating a song that long, but making it interesting throughout is nothing short of genius. For a genre of music that usually falls off my radar, Discontinumm have most definitely made their way on to it.