Album Review: “People Are Alike All Over” by Space Monkey Death Sequence
I really love music that is bold, different, and ultimately driven to stand out amongst the static. When an album called People Are Alike All Over popped up in my email from Dominic Francisco (stage name Space Monkey Death Sequence), I knew I had to give it a try. The reason?
It was influenced by the Twilight Zone, and it was touted as an experimental record.
The Twilight Zone is without a doubt one of my all-time favorite television shows, and for an album to integrate it into music intelligently is very attractive for me. People Are Alike All Over uses samples from the show, but as only one component to incredibly diverse sound collages. From the ambient, to IDM, to trip-hop and beyond, this record never lets you stay in one place for too long. The amount of effort put into People Are Alike All Over is truly something to behold.
Dominic Francisco talks about his record as a manifestation of his 12 year old self watching the “People Are Alike All Over” episode of the Twilight Zone. As he says “a short, sinister journey to Mars played odyssey in my adolescent mind. As corny as it sounds, I really felt like I was in The Twilight Zone… I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it: tell the story of “People Are Alike All Over”, but through the lens of my first my twelve-year-old self. I wanted to capture the feeling of that summer night with this album, and I believe I have succeeded in doing that.”
You did Dominic, you absolutely did. And even more than that, as we get to go into an alternate reality through this Space Monkey Death Sequence record. It really is something special. Maybe I’m biased as a lover of electronic music, experimental music, and the Twilight Zone… but I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way.
Take the journey and support the music at http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Space_Monkey_Death_Sequence/People_Are_Alike_All_Over