No Exit New Wave, Goth Jay Draper & The Subterraneans This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint.What’s good about ‘No Exit’ is that Jay Draper’s voice is still phenomenal. He hits highs and lows as well as he did on “Behind the Night”, and the passion found on that album returns twofold here. There’s a very, very slight effect on his voice that whirls in the background that I really didn’t notice until I slapped on my headphones, but it adds an alien nature that I’ve come to expect from this project. Like a mythos from another world visiting our planet. But there’s something missing within ‘No Exit’, and I believe it’s a sense of fullness and mastery that was present on his previous album “Behind the Night”. Even with minimal songs such as ‘Scatterbrain’, there was a sense of mystery and awe within the music; ‘No Exit’ does not scratch that surface. There’s no atmospheric energy, dreamy fulfillment, or other such necessities that made Jay Draper so unique on “Behind the Night”. The circus sounding synths sound raw and unproduced, which doesn’t pair well with Jay Draper’s voice. To put it lightly, the instrumental part of ‘No Exit’ sounds like a demo. What tickles me a bit about this release, however, is that ‘I Dreamt I Was Alive (Demo)’ sounds more complete and like a Jay Draper & the Subterraneans song than the lead single does. Twangy guitar echoes into the cosmos as synths chime along; I pictured myself staring into space laying on the orange grass of some far-off planet as I listened to this song as creatures from another dimension soared above. And when a song can take me off my feet and transport me elsewhere, that’s a good sign. I stand with Jay Draper on this release, even is ‘No Exit’ was somewhat of a letdown. It’s not the astonishing product I was expecting, but nor is it a complete failure when three-quarters of what was released made me joyous on the inside. I’m wondering where Jay Draper will head next, and I hope it continues to be as stylish as the man himself. Six-and-a-half out of ten.   350
Brutal Resonance

Jay Draper & The Subterraneans - No Exit

6.5
"Alright"
Released off label 2022
This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint.

What’s good about ‘No Exit’ is that Jay Draper’s voice is still phenomenal. He hits highs and lows as well as he did on “Behind the Night”, and the passion found on that album returns twofold here. There’s a very, very slight effect on his voice that whirls in the background that I really didn’t notice until I slapped on my headphones, but it adds an alien nature that I’ve come to expect from this project. Like a mythos from another world visiting our planet. 

But there’s something missing within ‘No Exit’, and I believe it’s a sense of fullness and mastery that was present on his previous album “Behind the Night”. Even with minimal songs such as ‘Scatterbrain’, there was a sense of mystery and awe within the music; ‘No Exit’ does not scratch that surface. There’s no atmospheric energy, dreamy fulfillment, or other such necessities that made Jay Draper so unique on “Behind the Night”. The circus sounding synths sound raw and unproduced, which doesn’t pair well with Jay Draper’s voice. To put it lightly, the instrumental part of ‘No Exit’ sounds like a demo. 


What tickles me a bit about this release, however, is that ‘I Dreamt I Was Alive (Demo)’ sounds more complete and like a Jay Draper & the Subterraneans song than the lead single does. Twangy guitar echoes into the cosmos as synths chime along; I pictured myself staring into space laying on the orange grass of some far-off planet as I listened to this song as creatures from another dimension soared above. And when a song can take me off my feet and transport me elsewhere, that’s a good sign. 

I stand with Jay Draper on this release, even is ‘No Exit’ was somewhat of a letdown. It’s not the astonishing product I was expecting, but nor is it a complete failure when three-quarters of what was released made me joyous on the inside. I’m wondering where Jay Draper will head next, and I hope it continues to be as stylish as the man himself. Six-and-a-half out of ten.  
Dec 04 2022

Off label

Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.

Steven Gullotta

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I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.

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