ALBUM REVIEW: Mothica – Nocturne
As a follow-up to the big debut, there’s a lot at stake for any artist’s second album, but Mothic wasn’t afraid to take the leap creatively with his concept record Night (posting via its own imprint with Climb records, Heavy heart records). While his last album blue hour explored the developmental period of getting sober, Night lingers on the dark sequels and searches for new meaning. With seventeen tracks including an introduction and three interludes, she took the risk of an unconventional album format – a format that has generally worked in her favor.
The concept includes an antagonist called the butterfly man, which we hear in a lo-fi voice reminiscent of film noir many times throughout the album, including every interlude. It adds to the haunting vibe of the record, personifying the intrusive thoughts Mothica has causing her to be self-destructive. The character is presented as comforting with a friendly attitude, expressing the deceptive tricks these thoughts can play.
The intro track ‘Sleepwalk’ acts as a prologue unfolding in a lucid dreamlike sequence. Mothica delivers soothing melodies to convey sweet memories of a lost love, as if she calmly refuses to face reality and remain in the comfort of her fantasy. The title track is his return to real life, beginning the dark tone of the record. Now awake but still sensitive, she sings to put on a facade as she sleepwalks all day, only to let her true colors show at night.
The dark but danceable “Sensitive” sets lyrics about being a particularly sensitive introvert to a haunting groove, while the earworm chorus of “Lullaby” will ring appropriately in your head until you get tired. fell asleep. The vigorous first single “Casualty” shows another side of Mothica’s potential, drawing more from rock influences while retaining the dark tone of electronic and alternative pop. That energy is put to good use for a song written as a wish not to die by suicide or drug overdose, and is executed well with the determination felt through lines like “Feel the pain and kill it twice, I won’t be a victim, No, I won’t go down like this.
While I wish more songs hit the three-minute mark, she manages to make every track count, no matter how brief. Moving closer to the bottom three, we hear a mish-mash of sounds and styles, including metal-inspired guitar riffs from Polyphiait is Tim Henson in ‘The Judgment’. This is immediately followed by light acoustic guitar in ‘Blood’ which quickly descends into chaos, to end the album on a more upbeat note with ‘Tears’, which captures the mood of ‘Sleepwalk’ in a song format. integral.
Night is an in-depth examination of a mind struggling to find empowerment while recovering from addiction. The vivid images sustained from start to finish are enough to leave a memorable mark on Mothica’s discography, making this a promising second album.
8 / 10