Sound — 8
Using a blend of blues, psychedelic and ambient elements, Sounds Like an Infection's self-titled debut album can be described as a very diverse record. Through distant guitar melodies, thunderous bass lines, jazzy drum beats, textured synths and sounds, it can be said that the band has an amazing potential and is experimental about its art as well, in terms of differing time signatures and complex rhythm patterns. The tracks with more complex rhythm patterns are "Somethings Never Change" and "Space & Time." Furthermore, as hinted by the title track, the song "Sevens" is in the 7/8 time signature. "The Ego and the Id" is also in the 7/8 time signature, however it transitions into a 4/4 time signature as the track progresses.
Lyrics — 7
The album can mostly be described as an instrumental one. The only songs that do contain lyrics are "Rivers in the Sky" and "Space." The lyrics can be described as abstract and listeners can grow upon its meaning using their own interpretations. The vocalist has used an exceptional kind of falsetto to add color and texture to the tracks. However, it is also imperative to note that these songs are more simpler in nature, in terms of songwriting structure as compared to the more progressive tracks that can be found on the album.
Overall Impression — 8
It is quite evident that the Sounds Like an Infection draws its inspiration from a lot of different artists, namely Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Karnivool, Radiohead, Opeth, Porcupine Tree and more. The songs that are highly recommended for listeners are "Silent Leaves" and "Nirvana Within." These tracks are the most progressive in terms of structure and truly highlight the bands creative songwriting abilities. If the next release is anything like this one, then I'll be looking forward to its release.