The Sound of Things Falling is the music project of Humbug, a self-taught musician based in Pennsylvania. It’s a recent solo project that successfully combines multiple genres like prog, metal and more on Sceneries.
The instrument that made the EP work was mainly the guitar. Whether it’s lead or rhythm Humbug had something inventive to play. On the other end of the spectrum were the drums which unfortunately didn’t sound like a real drummer to me. Something about the sound reminded me of one of those programs like addictive drums or EZdrummer where the sound is too perfect and doesn't catch the actual dynamics of a performance.
According to the Bandcamp page “It contains four pieces of music, or two pairs of pieces, in which each piece represents one concept that both contradicts and complements the other at the same time.” I’m a little confused by what he’s saying but was trying to hear what he meant. Either way I have always thought instrumental music especially should be completely interpretative. Let the listener assign the meaning they want to it.
As far as the songwriting goes I was impressed by the transitions and where he could take a song. Up first is “Still” which opens with a swell that leads into an engaging guitar part. Once the other elements such as lead and synth come into play the song has a serene quality to it. I really liked the opener.
“Senescence” is more rock based. There are clear aspects of prog and metal on this song. The bass work is more prominent as well. There are also moments which get atmospheric relying on arpeggiated synths and pads. Suffice it to say there is a lot that happens in the song. No fat.
“Blossom” revolves around guitars, piano and as relaxing as the first half seems the song eventually gets pretty intense. The last track “Shift” is easily the most epic sounding. It’s definitely the most thematic sounding of the batch.
I would love to see what Humbug could accomplish with a full band. These songs are engaging but with a full band in a live room I think the energy could be taken to the next level. Overall, the EP showcases a boatload of talent and potential from one person. Recommended.