|Album Rating: A-|
Surely Adam Kaniper, the one man behind Disseriph (and guitarist for New Jersey's Insouciant) feels the exact same way in the lyrics to "Sorta Grown Up". Growing up is a strong theme throughout Warp Tunnel's brief but brilliant eight minute timespan. Throughout its run time Kaniper combines common nostalgic occurrences with often whimsical lyrics, such as on "Philadelphia to Hackettstown", where he sings "It's a fact cookies taste better on the road that leads home to you". Another very striking aspect of Kaniper's music is his extremely crafty guitar work. Warp Tunnel was recorded live with just a lone microphone on a wooden chair (assuming that a picture of said recording set up on Facebook captioned "disseriph studios" means that how the recording was done), which adds a raw, unaltered emotion to both the vocals and the guitar playing. Kaniper picks and taps out some of the craftiest and intricate riffs while simulteneously singing and yelling, most notably on the last thirty or so seconds of "Live Like Yr Alive", when a flurry of notes fly by while he sings "love yourself, and make your instrument".
Warp Tunnel is an incredibly solid and impressive debut for Disseriph, considering the conditions it was recorded under and it's briefness. In just under eight minutes Kaniper summarizes the adult realizations of your gone or passing youth (Sorta Grown Up), the rewarding joys of visititing a distant significant other (Philadelphia to Hackettstown), and just about any other notable emotional occurences throughout your youth. But if anything, Warp Tunnel is extremely promising and shows us that Kaniper has some great things in store, whether it be under Disseriph or Insouciant.
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01 - Sorta Grown Up
02 - Live Like Yr Alive
03 - Philadelphia to Hackettstown
04 - Warp Tunnel