EP Review | titmouse – The Age of Blinding Light

This extended play was released on September 4th this year. I haven’t heard that much of titmouse’s music aside from a few singles here and there. This was my first time listening to a full project from her. I figured since it’s pretty short it’d be an easy introduction to her work. Maybe not a full representation of her style since it’s only instrumentals, but still. I had no expectations. I was only gonna review it if I enjoyed it though because I don’t really like having to shit on lesser known artists.

The opening song is called Babymouse, and it’s pretty dope. I wanna use the word “nocturnal” to describe it, but now that I think about it I don’t even know what that would entail. Anyway, when it switches up it actually kinda reminds me of something Daedelus would do. It sounds very calming and lighthearted, but still kinda dark and isolated. I don’t even know if this is gonna make sense to anyone else who listens. I’m not great at talking about instrumental music. These are the words that come to mind when I listen though. I think it’s dope. It’s followed by a highlight entitled Right Sisters. This track is fucking insane. The glitchy percussion here makes me feel like my ear drums are being shocked by tiny little lightning strikes. This song would be impossible to sleep to. This is what I imagine adderall would sound like in the form of music. This shit would wake me the fuck up if I was tired. It almost feels like it gives me a headrush. The way the beat builds up is awesome too. The bass that eventually comes in is awesome. Now that I think about it, this beat fits really well with the cover art. It sounds like the cover in the form of music. I think it’s dope as hell. Track 3 is called Garden of Antennae. To me, this one sounds like it was specifically made to help my eardrums heal from the aforementioned sonic lightning strikes. It’s a pretty nice ambient track. It sounds very chilling, but not in an uncomfortable or threatening way. It doesn’t sound dark. It’s more ethereal than anything. I fuck with it. It’s pretty good. However, that following track? FIRE. It’s called Glossolalia, and it’s fucking amazing. When it first started I thought it was gonna be another ambient track, but nah. This shit is wild. It starts off kinda muffled and cloudy, and eventually reveals itself as the song progresses. I don’t even really know how to explain why I like this song so much. I just love how weird it is. The way it evolves is so cool to me. I wasn’t even expecting there to be any percussion, but literally every single time the beat finally drops my jaw does the same. I get the coveted involuntary head nod every single time. I feel like someone like Elucid would sound amazing over this beat. It sounds really heavy and threatening, especially when the pitch kind of increases after about 3 and a half minutes. The song is the epitome of a “slow-burn,” but it’s so worth it. I love how the beat doesn’t even drop until the final 50 seconds of the track. It makes for such an amazing outro. I think it’s dope af. The closing track is another highlight called 5. The percussion in this one kinda reminds me of the Bomberman Hero soundtrack, which is one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. I love the violin in the background too. It sounds gorgeous. I can’t really imagine anyone rapping over this track just because the percussion is so attention-grabbing and fast-paced. Someone could probably make it work, but I’d prefer to just hear this instrumental version honestly. The strings sound so fucking good. It’s fire. I think the song is dope af.

This project is really great. Usually when I listen to instrumental Hip Hop records, I prefer the songs to be pretty short because a lot of the time they get old really fast. titmouse thankfully kept the songs interesting though because they aren’t just boring, repetitive loops. These are fleshed out instrumental songs that actually require complete listens. You can’t just listen to 20 seconds of each track and then know what the whole thing is gonna sound like. They’re so good that they don’t require vocals to hold my attention. I think if you’re into Electronic music this is definitely worth checking out. There’s not a single track here that I don’t like. This shit is super dope. Don’t sleep on it.

Favorite Song: Glossolalia
Least Favorite Song: Garden of Antennae


Grade: A-

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