"I am devoid of quantifiable optimism.
I feel so empty."
Shiro's latest release and sequel to their first Question release, 'I Thought I Meant More To You', is a dense yet sparse emotional journey through their mind.
We each look at our lives in very different ways. Optimism, kindness, empathy - none exist in the world this album portrays. The density of the music in places tells of the constant struggle to face the world we live in. The sparsity and contradictive tranquility of the ambience reminds us of how life can be built back up, only to be shattered again.
The album renders the listener emotionless - as if the music is a form of succubi, teasing and prodding and drawing out their energies until they give in and succumb. This is perhaps a metaphor for life: endless optimism in a world of growing tension, unforgiving emotional traits and quirks and kinks that serve only to wear down the outer layer of the soul; leaving it open to attack and infection.
As Shiro has demonstrated with their personal releases, silence is a luxury rarely afforded in our chaotic modern lives. This album is a contrast to that. This album serves not to soothe or appease the senses; but to remind us of the daily grind. The harshness of reality.
We must enter the Aokigahara and Accept the challenges that are laid out before us.