The Way Out Is Through
A review from Dark Austin
The Way Out Is Through is Exit's latest release that first made itself known floating around a small circle in Austin's electronic/industrial scene. It's easy to tell that the artist and his CD release are to be paid attention to. Listening to The Way Out Is Through brought to my attention the odd feeling of familiarity with the music while at the same time remaining something that was very hard to pigeonhole into one myriad music genres that have sprouted up in the last decade.
Exit's sound is one that blends Edward Kaspell/Legendary Pink Dots-esque vocals with almost down-tempoish rhythms and old school new wave guitar work ala The Cure. Or at least that's what it does at times. The sound manages to keep a signature style throughout the CD while shifting through different influences through the tracks. Track one "This Is Your Year" has some very decidedly Reznor devolved sounds and structures to it but that only lasts on the forefront for the roughly minute and a half long it takes for the track to play through to completion.
Some of the songs on "The Way Out Is Through" bear a resemblance to old school industrial act Shriekback's Oil And Gold album. Others have a more acoustic guitar heavy sound in the way of Massive Attack, Dead Can Dance, or even certain Projekt label acts. If you noticed the wide gamut of music influences that I'm ascribing to Exit, it isn't a matter of Exit being a sound alike act - rather it's because Exit defies easy categorizing. -Darin D'Avila