Progressive rock band Sontaag describe themselves as high concept in their work. Their self-titled album is more like an audio book with music accompanying it rather than a collection of songs bundled together for a person’s listening experience. Sure it’s high concept, but being different doesn’t necessarily mean good.
The album is a mix of spacey, rock-like instrumentals paired with futuristic cyber storytelling that sounds like something out of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s interesting and strange, but I can’t help but feel it’s a little too out of this world for my taste.
Sontaag is an album you really have to sit down and listen to. It’s not something you can just put on and get lost into the music. It succeeds in being vastly different than the majority of music out there, but at the cost of targeting only a select few who will actually find it enjoyable. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them.