The Agony & The Ecstasy is the 4th full length album from Hospital Records’ golden child High Contrast. The album opens up with the album titled track The Agony & Ecstasy featuring vocal from Selah Corbin. If you’re familiar with High Contrast’s earlier work, you’ll find similar melodic and haunting piano in this track with his classic tune Music is Everything. Cinematic feel can also be found in this tune and all are being tied together with a very driving beats to create a moody yet uplifting tune.
The 2nd track The Road Goes On Forever pays tribute to the WHO’s Baba O’Reily with its arpeggiated synth and big piano chords in the middle. Other track that stood out in this album is his collaboration with Underworld and Tiesto in The First Note is Silence. This track is one those that you either love or hate. It got all the right ingredient to become a crossover hit with Karl Hyde’s vocal and it’s epic big room feel.
Overall, this is a great album. He successfully manages to create a proper album instead of compilation of tracks. With this album, I get to witness High Contrast’s evolution from a dance producer with great track to complete musician that produce a complete album.
High Contrast’s The Agony & The Ecstasy is out now on Hospital Records