Gideon’s Bible is ritualistic in the best kind of way. The rhythm sneaks into your head and then slowly expands like a balloon, just when you expect it to pop the slowness just keeps on going. There’s motion pacing back and forth through every corner of your consciousness.
Across the full EP there are moments where the tempo kicks up just a notch, but these only exist to add some spice to what is otherwise a wholly relaxing experience.
When you’re first introduced to the EP’s titular track there is a soothing strumming of guitar, then you’re met with a repetitive humming and chants that immediately tell you what it is you’re in for. On the first listen it was the opening track that stood out to me. The chanting was novel and unusual, but I was disappointed as listened on and found it was just a one-off gimmick.
The rustic side of Gideon’s Bible can be heard in the classic and varied use of instrumentation, each being uniquely homely and down to earth. Like with the chanting though, it can be said that Children of the State only does a little bit of everything all at once. There’s nothing wrong with that but I can easily imagine the potential of each track to have its ideas spread out further.
If you need to ask yourself what the best track available is, it’ll is just end up being a matter of personal preference. All of them have something unique to say so it’s best you see what grabs onto you the most. I’m a big fan of the ambient saxophone work and subtle hints of psychedelia present in Superposition. Superposition is also another place to discover the interstellar guitar work like that of the opening track and I think the way they both play into each other is also very interesting.
I think it’s how varied the experience is what makes it so engaging, just when you’re about to reach the end of a soulful journey brought about by one song you end up being seamlessly led into another, it hardly even takes time to adjust and when you do it’s immediately possible to connect to the song.
But if you’re looking for something equally great among all ofthe tracks then it’s definitely the vocals. You go into each track unsure of the flavour of nihilistic mellow you’ll be served by the melody but each of these tracks is carried by a consistently soothing set of lyrics.
All in all, a refreshing and meditative experience, fully worth experimenting with and deserving of your focus.