Despite it’s morbid title, “Themes for Dying Earth” lends an authentic message of hope and revival.
Jamison Isaak (a.k.a. Teen Daze) has found inspiration for his music literally all around the world. He was in the Swiss Alps when he found inspiration for his EP, A Silent Planet. A trip to Alaska ignited the creativity behind his 2013 album, Glacier. Now he is back with his fifth LP, Themes for Dying Earth.
The electronic artist quickly rose to fame after releasing his songs to his Tumblr account and signed with Arcade Sound in 2010. Since then, Isaak has released several EPs and albums and has toured across the country. Isaak found himself overwhelmed as this was all unfolding before him and he faced serious mental and emotional obstacles during this time.
Written in a hole of anxiety and depression, Themes takes an optimistic and ambient tone, despite what the album’s title may insinuate. Written in his home in British Columbia, the artist took visions of his natural and earthy surroundings and transformed them into song.
Isaak seems to have returned to his soft synth-style, which he ventured away from in his 2015 album, Morning World. This 11-track album flows amazingly well, each song seeming like a continuation of the previous. While the whole album does keep a soft atmospheric ambience, it finds a way to never grow tiresome. Songs like “Cycle” and “Rising” keep the record alive and upbeat, but fit in perfectly with songs like “First Rain” and “Breath”.
This album finds ways to touch on different subjects, one of the most obvious being the environmental tragedy our world is going through. I think Isaak has found an impactful way to connect human emotion to nature and it will make listeners care for something bigger than themselves. Themes for Dying Earth will make you aware of the dreary season we are in, but will ultimately give you a sliver of hope that cannot be ignored.