Album Review: 070 Shake – Modus Vivendi –

Modus Vivendi, a Latin phrase that refers to the peaceful coexistence two opposing forces, is a fitting name for G.O.O.D. Music recruit 070 Shake‘s debut album for multiple reasons. It could refer to her youthful energy amongst mature lyrics or even loyalty to personal voice despite universal success. However the chromatic cyborg rendering Shake on the album’s cover and the rich electronic landscapes across the album reveal the most important context the title, the unity the human and the mechanic. This theme has been present in Shake’s sonic aesthetic since she was first introduced to the mainstream music world in 2018 on her iconic outro Kanye West‘s “Ghost Town.” Her feature presented her incredibly vulnerable reprises “I put my hand on a stove, to see if I still bleed,” alongside chaotic noises ray gun explosion in the instrumental. Nearly two years later, 070 Modus Vivendi further refines the approach fusing woman and machine. Her brilliant futuristic pop jams continue to blur these much explored artistic lines, ten times making her voice the purest instrument we hear.

070 Shake’s musical style on her debut album is frequently fleeting and difficult to define. Sometimes we hear synth pop, sometimes, R&B, sometimes electronic. This theme ambivalence to genre is ten jarring and is established early in the first two tracks “Don’t Break the Silence” and “Come Around.” While the former is a soothing and ambient wave layered vocal echoes, the latter is a cutting roar glitchy wails. The transition is abrupt yet refreshing, setting the tone the album early. The following track “Morrow” cuts up a beautiful Spanish guitar with a booming 808 progression to carry Shake’s flashy rap melodies.

googletag.cmd.push(function () {
var slot = {“name”:”in-post-content-0913541″,”path”:”//4052//earmilk”,”sizes”:{“mobile”:300,250]]},”div”:”div-gpt-in-post-content-0913541″,”targets”:{“pos”:1,”sz”:”300×250″}};
var mapping,
gptSlot;

if (slot.sizes.desktop) {
desktop_size = slot.sizes.desktop;
default_size = desktop_size;
} else {
desktop_size = ];
}

if (slot.sizes.tablet) {
tablet_size = slot.sizes.tablet;
default_size = tablet_size;
} else {
tablet_size = ];
}

if (slot.sizes.mobile) {
mobile_size = slot.sizes.mobile;
default_size = mobile_size;
} else {
mobile_size = ];
}

mapping = googletag.sizeMapping()
.addSize(320, 400], mobile_size)
.addSize(728, 200], tablet_size)
.addSize(970, 200], desktop_size)
.build();

gptSlot = googletag.defineSlot(slot.path, default_size, slot.div)
.defineSizeMapping(mapping)
.addService(googletag.pubads())
.addService(googletag.companionAds());

/**
* Add targeting data.
*/
_.each(slot.targets, function (target, key) {
gptSlot.setTargeting(key, target)
});

/**
* Add the page/slot targeting data.
*/
ionegpt.attrs’position’] = slot.name;

_.each(ionegpt.attrs, function (target, key) {
gptSlot.setTargeting(key, target)
});

googletag.display(slot.div);

renderedGptSlotsslot.div] = gptSlot;

});

The album’s middle stretch is by far the strongest and most dynamic as it features the high flying three punch-combo tracks “Pines,” “Guilty Conscience,” and “Microdosing.” “Pines” is a modern age horror ballad that chugs along with sharp strings and quaking vocal chords, asking daunting questions like “where did you sleep last night?” Previously released single “Guilty Conscience” is arguably the album’s highlight as the vibrant synth progression backs an honest tale heartbreak and regret. Soon following “Microdosing” brings psychedelic layers and shivering lyrics that entail ingesting love encounters in small, palatable amounts. This leg the album also showcases Shake’s pround ability to let her instrumentals marinate and develop organically, whether it be in the colorful guitar bursts “Divorce,” or the mysterious seismic lulls “Under the Moon.”

The album’s back end closes the project well as “Daydreamin” brings an abrasive electronic spasm and “Terminal B” is a floating atmosphere that feels like riding a sonic cloud. The final track the album “Flight319” is an inspiring anthem spirituality that leaves with a comfortable ignorance to what the future brings. The closing thoughts spacy ambition effectively tie up the continuing themes futurism and ambivalence that ring throughout the album while also encouraging us to continue to meditate on them. Modus Vivendi‘s goodbye simultaneously feels like a return from a long journey and an eager launch to begin a new one.

googletag.cmd.push(function () {
var slot = {“name”:”in-post-content-0913542″,”path”:”//4052//earmilk”,”sizes”:{“mobile”:300,250]]},”div”:”div-gpt-in-post-content-0913542″,”targets”:{“pos”:2,”sz”:”300×250″}};
var mapping,
gptSlot;

if (slot.sizes.desktop) {
desktop_size = slot.sizes.desktop;
default_size = desktop_size;
} else {
desktop_size = ];
}

if (slot.sizes.tablet) {
tablet_size = slot.sizes.tablet;
default_size = tablet_size;
} else {
tablet_size = ];
}

if (slot.sizes.mobile) {
mobile_size = slot.sizes.mobile;
default_size = mobile_size;
} else {
mobile_size = ];
}

mapping = googletag.sizeMapping()
.addSize(320, 400], mobile_size)
.addSize(728, 200], tablet_size)
.addSize(970, 200], desktop_size)
.build();

gptSlot = googletag.defineSlot(slot.path, default_size, slot.div)
.defineSizeMapping(mapping)
.addService(googletag.pubads())
.addService(googletag.companionAds());

/**
* Add targeting data.
*/
_.each(slot.targets, function (target, key) {
gptSlot.setTargeting(key, target)
});

/**
* Add the page/slot targeting data.
*/
ionegpt.attrs’position’] = slot.name;

_.each(ionegpt.attrs, function (target, key) {
gptSlot.setTargeting(key, target)
});

googletag.display(slot.div);

renderedGptSlotsslot.div] = gptSlot;

});

070 Shake’s debut album is an excellent contribution to the evolving and converging electronic and pop landscapes. It highlights fascinating creative poles the living and artificial spectrums while still managing to feel unique to her own persona. These conflicts, fluctuations, and lapses are where Shake thrives as her voice unites the juxtaposing forces in ways never seen before. More importantly, her comfort and joy in these modern musical contexts is addicting and undeniable. A truly visceral and transcendent project from 070 Shake, Modus Vivendi brings new meaning to the mantra “I feel kinda free.”

Connect with 070 Shake: Spotify | Twitter | Instagram

Related Post