EP Review: Anton Cullen’s Breaking Through

Anton Cullen – the on-the-rise composer, artist, and electronic music sensation, in my honest opinion, will evolve as one of those innovators, whom I’d put amongst some of the most groundbreaking musical masterminds. While waiting for his highly anticipated debut EP, we had the pleasure of covering each of Anton’s Singles leading up to this release. To bring you up to speed if you’ve missed the other features, Anton Cullen is a highly sought-after and widely revered composer and session musician based out of Dublin, Ireland. Anton has been steadily gaining exposure and mass acclaim for his incredibly versatile composing/session work and has recently developed an incredibly unique take on the EDM and electronica genres. Showcasing an innovative combination of electronica, ambient, dance, post-minimal, and trance; this composer has certainly crafted a sound that he can distinctly call his own. You can find our feature covering his debut Single “Breaking Through” here, and his follow-up Single “Warfare”  here.

In the freshly released “Breaking Through” EP, this brilliant artist not only act as a unique innovator; but also effectively channels his deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive command of the electronic genre. In this EP he effectively supports his distinct vision with his vast tools of artistic expression, rather than exploiting them as the gimmick they could easily become; Anton Cullen stands out among an overpopulated market as a fearless and honest artist with a story to tell.

Check out “Breaking Through”: 

Anton‘s newest EP is not simply a collection of electronica avant-garde pieces per se – certainly not in a strict or literal sense. Rather, it is comprised of a large fraction of remarkably accessible, percussive, and electronic/synth EDM pieces with an expansive, encompassing, and immersive sound. Each track features ornery, engulfing sonic barrages of rhythmic sensibility and infectious synth-work.

Check out “Warfare” 

Impressively, Somewhere within these complex and fastidiously crafted tracks there’s a magnificent injection of anthemic, yet indescribable instrumental pieces and that conjure up dynamic range of feelings and emotions. The electronic textures featured within each track are lush, but not in the literal definition of the word; rather – in the very sound of the word. The sonic landscape crafted within the EP showcases a fusion of sound that feels intimately roomy, well-balanced and evocative, with a great focus on gorgeously shaped backdrops that add a dark, refreshingly organic quality to his tracks. At times, momentarily focusing on minimalism, the sounds resonate, merge and surround the listener in a sort of sonic ecstasy. They expand and meander in a flowing fashion, and sweep you in much like the dragging waves washing on the shore of a dark beach; curiously, these textures are effectively peppered by small intricacies, experimental percussion, and soothing keys.

Each sound within each track seems to memorably interfere in an oddly irregular, yet efficacious fashion. This first builds an almost perturbed monotony – a growing excitement and sense of anticipation for something to emerge which never fails to deliver.

Check out “Heaven on Earth”: 

The audio production showcased on the EP is unsurprisingly outstanding, as we have come to expect this level of expertise out of Anton Cullen now.  It is important to remember that this is  truly an arduous task for anyone defiantly accepting the challenge of being TRULY independent. This risk has undeniably paid off, as the tracks showcased here are alluringly fresh and entirely unique. The genre is brilliantly undefinable, with Anton further sculpting his own self-defining soundscape and style.

Each new track is truly a milestone and an accomplishment for this artist. When approaching newly released music, it’s hard to do so without inherent criticism. It has become tiresome and mundane within the current culture of Pop dominated music. Though these types of artists have brilliantly perfected the ability to produce safe, catchy, and infectious music; they ultimately amount to being entirely forgettable— certain to be replaced by the next musical clone. This trend has infected almost every musical appendage and genre, whether it be commercially produced or independently released. The most unfortunate result of this trend is the stifling of musical ambition and the lack of innovation to set oneself apart in the industry.

This is certainly NOT the case with Anton Cullen.

With independent recording continually growing more affordable and accessible than it ever has been; the industry is quickly becoming over-saturated with hobbyists and fame-seekers. Due to this, it is becoming ever-harder to be noticed within the endless sea of independent noise. The number of new artists entering the industry every day is growing exponentially. With this increase in industry competition, you’d think there would be a “standard” for things you shouldn’t do if you’re trying to become noticed and successful. Unfortunately, this is not the case…in fact, it seems that a vast majority of new artists have taken the lazy route —- copy those whom are more successful than you. You would think that this competitive environment would inspire some artists to go against the grain and carve out their own identity, but this is too often not the case.

This is precisely what makes Anton Cullen such a remarkable and respectable artist.

Listening to the “Breaking Through” EP was truly an engaging and refreshingly unpredictable experience from beginning to end. Each track oozes independent integrity, musical ambition, and fearless creativity. Not only are they polished and meticulously crafted, but they are sequenced to perfection, leaving the listener wanting more. This releases is definitely trend-setters and set an unbelievably high standard for indie artists hoping to break through in the scene. The undefinable, unrelenting, ever-evolving Anton Cullen is almost guaranteed to continue his steady rise to prominence with the release of this brilliantly undefinable, yet insanely addictive EP.

EP Promo:

Purchase or stream the EP:

Spotify- https://open.spotify.com/album/2dPscTvxOx15WVkP6nQs90?si=FX41c88x

iTunes- https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/breaking-through-ep/1313492546

Google Play- https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Anton_Cullen_Breaking_Through?id=Bwnd6mw5wkrjw6m33fl674cktw4 

CDBaby- https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/antoncullen4

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