June 23rd, 2017 | Album reviews

Mind Control

Night Control, the brainchild of Christopher Curtis Smith, is an exercise in melding an individual situated in a solitary internal landscape with the surrounding reality. On Mind Control, Night Control’s third proper album, the chaos of the internal wrestles with the chaos external. The album is a slope and climb, a grip and release, a series of moments indicating clarity and others of a murky fog. The work itself poses a challenge and a catharsis; simultaneous relief and dissonance. The yearning for connection residing just beneath a haze of confusion and disconnect. The entire album is a straining of buried vocals, of instrumental chaos, coalescing into a replication of the human condition when situated in a stark, vast and uncompromising environment. Mind Control is essentially a meditation on the individual searching for connection in an unforgiving climate, a work which bonds the human spirit through art to the world around them. It works to empower when the emotions are at times inarticulate. The layered construction of each piece on the album serves to elaborate the difficult process and ultimate need to connect through the chaos. Mind Control is a journey into what it means to be human, to reach out not knowing whether that connection will be made. The risk of knowing each subsequent layer can be peeled back to expose the humanity in art, where heart and intellect collide, yet laying bare the uncertain notion of what to do next.

—Nathan Martel