Antiparty have been around for a little while, but I only heard of them a few months ago. They had two albums available on Bandcamp for free, so I thought I’d give them a go. And I am certainly glad I did – unfortunately, since then those two albums are no longer online, but they have recently released a little record called Binaural Experiment.
The title says it all really. It’s an experiment of binaural recording. For those that don’t know what binaural recording is, it is where two microphones are used in the recording process to create 3D sound. Often a dummy head is fitted with a microphone in each ear to get the desired effect. The end result is best listened to through headphones, as you will not get a sense of the 3D effect through stereo speakers.
Antiparty’s Binaural Experiment isn’t perfect, and neither were their other two other albums, but it was the lack of polish that made me fall in love with them in the first place. Too many bands are scared to try something new, fearing it won’t work, and won’t make them famous. Antiparty however, aren’t afraid to venture into new territory, try something a little left of centre. And that is exactly what you get here. For the most part it works, and it works well. There are a few mishaps, but hey, it is an experiment after all.
The vocals sound a tad washed out in “Sparkplug” and “Shake”, but these are minor issues to put up with, considering the band lets you hear the album first and then decide how much you want to pay for it. “Kinda Getting Drunk, Kinda” and “Embecile” sound great, providing a real sense of the space they played in. You hear more than just the music as it moves around you. You hear the space it has been recorded in. It is definitely something you need to hear through headphones. I tried listening to it through speakers, and it just didn’t translate well. Through headphones, it feels like you are there in the room as they are playing, and you really feel the 3D effect as the music surrounds you.
It may not be the perfect record, but it’s real and raw – the way music should be. Best of all, it’s something different. If you are willing to open yourself up to something new, I can’t recommend Antiparty and Binaural Experiment enough.
Check it for yourself here: antiparty.bandcamp.com