Ergo Phizmiz- Where We Were When We Weren’t Where We Were

5/10

Step one: prepare for inter-dimensional travel. Step two: ask yourself the five W’s: who, what, when, where, and why. Warning: confusion and disorientation may arise as a result of inter-dimensional travel.

Ergo Phizmiz is a just a wiz kid who’s cookin’ twisted 8-bit beats in his basement. Regular syntax cannot possibly be used to accurately describe these songs. I do not believe you can even call them songs. Satellite-transmitted-frequencies seem more to the point. Having a background in binary would probably greatly aid in the translation of these tracks to a more digestible form of communication. The album Where We Were When We Weren’t Where We Were raises one of the most common existential questions; where were we when we weren’t where we were? The question still remains unanswered, until this…until now.

The sci-fi wizardry that makes up these songs is sure to induce a rather sharp and turbulent psychedelic trip. So please tread carefully. What could have easily been a runner up for the soundtrack to Rick and Morty is a collage of sounds, electronic drums, keyboard quirkiness and a mind that is either wound too tight, or not at all. Combining elements of hip hop, synthpop, electro, and experimental music, the four tracks ring together in dissonance and is both heavily gangster and extremely quirky at the same time. Paradox is key here, as the absurdness that you listen to is exactly what sells this collection by Phizmiz. It is both a 10/10 album and a 0/10 album. I failed Calculus 2 in college, but I asked a friend and they helped me come out with a logical 5/10 rating for this album.

Electronic drums run through the background, keeping beats bumping all the way through town. Disclaimer: a Korg Synthesizes was DEFINITELY harmed in the making of this music. Twisted are the sounds that come out of the synth world in this sideways dimension. Hooks? Choruses? Lyrics? Never heard of them. These tracks seem to follow the rigid progression of science and mathematics. If you ever wondered what R2D2 sounds like when it orgasms, subscribe to this album. If you miss the sound of NHL 1994 on SEGA, subscribe to this album. If you want to trip on a bunch of molly in your room while wearing a green eyeshade and a tinfoil bodysuit…go check out the follow up to this album: Where We Were When We Weren’t Where We Were 2.

DO NOT TRIP ON A BUNCH OF MOLLY IN YOUR ROOM WHILE WEARING A GREEN EYESHADE AND A TINFOIL BODYSUIT TO THIS ALBUM. THAT IS A SPECIFIC TRIP RESERVED FOR Where We Were When We Weren’t Where We Were 2.

Be safe, and of course, Godspeed.

Written by Ben Cornel
*edited by Chris Aitkens

About Ben Cornel 67 Articles
Ben Cornel (no relation to Chris) is one of many long haired, and seemingly faceless people that could be found in the band MOOCH and The Osmosis Jones Band. The guitarist-singer is rooted in the vibes of the 60’s and 70’s that echo through the musical world to this day. His goal as a review writer, more than anything, is to get people off of their asses and out to shows (including his own). Ben is a graduate from the Liberal Arts program at John Abbott College in Montreal; where his music trip really kicked in. Some say he is still tripping heavy to this day. Considering this blurb was written by himself in the third person, I’d say so too.

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