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Music Review: Limiters of the Infinity Pool by Pupil

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by Gelo Gonzales | Feb 3, 2011
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Pupil’s Limiters of the Infinity Pool will drown you in a well of titillating tracks. [firstpara]

While the album doesn't stray too far from its predecessor, the excellent Wildlife, Limiters resonate a certain understanding of what is new and what is current.

Here is a band that is able to evolve while holding their ground and staying true to their sound.

On Limiters, it becomes evident that Pupil has matured. Their use of layered instrumentations send you back to the good days of bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Interpol but they do so just as they can, bringing to the table a modern sound that is uniquely theirs.

As the saying goes: “Third times the charm.” Well, Ely and the rest of the boys are certainly charmed in more ways than one. Like a pupil (pardon the pun) in the midst of dilation, Limiters of the Infinity Pool allows its listeners to see the light of these musicians technical prowess and succumb to the variety of eargasmic music they have to offer.

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The album starts with “Let Her Rip” and immediately you feel like your bathing in Ely Buendia’s vocal styling accompanied by the peeking instrumentations of Yan Yuzon, Dok Sergio and Wendell Garcia.

“Distortion” follows bringing a familiar stylized sound ala Paul Banks. When you hit “TNT,” the first single of the album, the effect on you should be nothing short of an explosion. “20/20” is the perfect mix of catchy melody and poetic lyrics that its simplicity will have you singing to yourself, “I wish that I could see the world through your eyes.”

The next three tracks “Pikit Bukas, “Pusakal” and “Pampalakas” are all set to lasciviously written Filipino lyrics that will surely be ringing in your ears post-listening. “One Two” is a track to look for; the heavy guitar and blood-pumping percussions mixed with the distorted vocals takes the album into an industrial plane of sound.

“Obese” with its fast-paced instruments hinges on irony as the lyrics speak of laziness and stagnancy. “Deft Mechanic” is a little all over the place but through the muddle of instruments, there is sentiment in the lyrics. “Morning Gift” and “The Low End” close the album and use a bit of synth to play up the very cold, electronic tone these tracks want to deliver.

Limiters of the Infinity Pool is an album that doesn't want to merely be a footnote. With it, Pupil sets the tone for what should be aspired of Pinoy rock: world-class, entertaining and most importantly constantly-evolving.

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In a community where saturation can sometimes be a problem, Pupil definitely keeps things fresh. Although fans have been waiting for this third album for quite some time, we’re glad it came later rather than never.


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