@Peace’s third release, and first album, is the strongest both conceptually and musically, dismissing any notions this is still a ‘side project’. The group has crafted an album full of existential musings about humanity, the universe and the meaning of life, or lack thereof. Tom Scott and Lui Taiasau’s lyrical flow and emphasised enunciation enhances comprehension of their complex concepts. Producers Christoph ‘El Truento’ James, Hayden ‘Dandruff Dicky’ Dick and Brandon Haru have created an original and cohesive soundscape, by combining live instrumentation and chilled out loops, that makes listening an absolute pleasure.
The album is not short on experimental flourishes. Opening track Weightless subjects you to a churning bassy loop with the effect-laden vocal manifesto opening your mind for the incoming nihilism of Hug Your Mum. Side B opener Made runs an impressive 11 minutes. Full of distorted, disconcerting spoken samples akin to the Beatles’ Revolution 9, it questions the empirical assumptions about the value of artificially intelligent life. The album consists of 11 tracks in all, written in the band’s Taranaki bach and recorded at Auckland’s Redbull Studios. Mixed by Daddy Kev, the majority of the production decisions were reserved for the band, keeping it cohesive. While @Peace are undeniably hip hop at their core, this album mixes it together with jazz, psychedelia and electronica to create an eclectically eccentric album, fit for anyone wanting to expand their musical and philosophical horizons.