Casey Fallen just released his latest 13 Track installment entitled “Atmospheric Disturbances.” The mood is pungent, dark and ever so representative of the true Hollywood experience, the climb to fame and stardom stripped of its glamour. Instead what is revealed is the tone of prevailing truths within the mountain of glitter and lights. The music is electronic ambient, full of the same dark mystery that rummages through the streets of LA and is only broken with the coming of the dawn.
Project consists of 2 core members: Casey Fallen (Vocals/Keys/Guitar/Programming, Doug Osborne – Lead Guitar/Bass/Programming.
This powerful and eclectic album tells the story of a gifted artist who is perhaps lost yet trying to find himself and only found himself when he was lost. His lyrics are intertwined against a beautiful ambient backdrop, raw emotion and a popish twang. Some tales are told with paper and ink, other tales pass from tongue to ear and find life in spoken word. There are some stories, however, which can be neither spoken nor read. Some stories sink so low and reach so high that they can only be told through song. “Atmospheric Disturbances” is that story. Certainly this latest release doesn’t disappoint. This is one male vocalist that brings to the table effective songwriting via a highly impassioned musical delivery. This meshed with a crystal clear Alternative Rock-Ambient Pop sound makes for an effective combination. I say diversified because Fallen’s music even touches on Poppy Ambient Jazz. All songs are wonderfully simple but masterful in their overall arrangements. Music reminds me of The Radio Dept., Boards of Canada, mum, Phantogram, Apparat, and Lights Out Asia. “Atmospheric Disturbances” is a solid releases and delivers 13 compelling tracks. Fallen’s vocal style and songwriting touch are quite appealing via well-crafted movements and top tiered musicianship & sampling. The overall production value is professional grade – no real issues there. Favorite pieces are “Last Glance,” “Fragile,” “City Lights” and “Steel Gray Sky.” Fallen’s vocal style cuts like a knife and is cut from the same cloth as Perry Farrell. Fallen is one singer that transcends a-typical pigeonholing and is hard to pigeonhole. There are some fantastic moments on “Atmospheric Disturbances” this CD which gives Fallen an amazing feel as he attempts to expand his cult fan base locally or internationally. I can honestly say there isn’t a weak piece on this entire 13 track set.
Criticism: Vocally Fallen needs to come out his shell more. Because of this the music did not make a lasting impression. When the CD was over I felt as if I didn’t know who he was and was not obligated to Fallen or the music emotionally.
Conclusion: Casey Fallen has proven himself once again with this his latest release. He is clearly an up and coming talent out of Los Angeles. All the musicianship (Fallen/Osborne) are capable at what they do. But getting back to the team of Fallen and Osborne – all of the above are the key ingredients that make “Atmospheric Disturbances” not only work but make it the best Casey Fallen to date.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Label: In Fall Productions