ATMAN – Silence is Golden
In our modern age of Rap synths and autotune it can be difficult to find the top seeds among the harvest. What makes masters like Snoop Dog, Nelly, Eminem so sought after? Sure they sound good, they look good, the feel good. But above that they got something else. They got what many in the industry call X-Factor. So what is X-Factor anyway? It’s just something deep within their spirit that breaks the mold when compared to other artists. They stand out in a good way and this transfers well into the hearts and minds of music fans we listening to their music. Where am I going all with this? Atman has X-Factor.
His latest release entitled “Silence is Golden” I get the impression Atman is just letting it all hang out. Forging an aesthetic they dubbed “forest music” — a sound created with acoustic instruments and Tibetan instruments — the members of ATMAN divided their time between performing and offering workshops in instrument building and forestry, finally releasing the cassette …jak rozrzucone po ziemi kamienie… on their own FLY (Freak Living Yourself) label in 1991. Cassettes including Soundreams and Gadajaca Laka followed before ATMAN made its American debut with the Drunken Fish EP Save the Earth; other efforts for the label include 1997’s Personal Forest and 1999’s Tradition. After I listened to the 2 opening tracks “Silence” and “Ceilings” I was sold right away on Atman and his sound. This true to form rap anthem follows the script well on this CD but the overall vibe is ironically positive and deeply spiritual and meaningful in nature. Atman is not afraid to go to depth to get this message out – again letting it all hang out. With the impressively third track “Tell Me” and soothing “Thank God” the CD keeps it real with this tasty groove that decrees power and ego in a confidence over the masses. What’s more “Lose It” and the closers “Killer” and “Golden” offer instrumentally rich sets with no holds barred messages and thick as a brick low end punch. I like how the first track is called “Silence” and the last track is called “Golden”. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t an overwhelmingly negative CD by any means it’s got its share of rough and tumble subject matter for sure but other rocked out pieces like “Wake Up” and striking “Killer” will calm the tormented soul. “Silence is Golden” demonstrates a deeper side and a sense of hope evident through a transparent exploration of yearning and feeling positive about the unknown. All brought to life with hauntingly detailed synth layers, steady rhythmic pulsation and addictive vocal melodies.
My favorite track “Wake Up” stands out as the track that mostly showcases the remarkably crafted and thoughtful nature of Atman as an artist. On all tracks expect a more versatile vocal range. I can tell he is a good singer regardless of the rap style. All things considered, this is a unique and fascinating CD from a unique and fascinating artist that is for real. It’s nice to know within the ranks if millions of independent artists some are capable of delivering something special that sticks true within their own style and technique. All the while touching an occasionally painfully honest or beautifully simple songs on a CD called “Silence” is Golden”
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