At The End Of The Day
I first heard of Amon Tobin through his soundtrack for Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, one of my favorite video games of all time. The soundtrack was entirely unlike anything else I’d ever heard for a video game; dark, atmospheric but strangely melodic. Made up of altered samples and loops, it remains fresh even 5 years later.
This interest drove me to two other Amon Tobin albums, his critically lauded 1999 album, Bricolage (one of very few albums to get a 10.0 from Pitchfork as a new release) and his 2007 album The Foley Room, made in the same room as the soundtrack for Spinter Cell. The Foley Room itself was the room at Ubisoft studios where they recorded sound effects for use in game and once Tobin got his hand on this room and all the samples it could provide, he made one of the strangest and coolest sounding albums of the last decade. For example, in “Kitchen Sink” he alters a sample of a dripping sink into a deep hypnotizing beat.
My favorite song on the album is its closer, fittingly called “At the End of the Day.” It’s the song on the album most similar to his work. Similarly atmospheric, the song is primarily made up of an electronic and guitar loop, though it becomes heavily augmented by orchestral additions, textural samples and heavy drums. The song’s fitting title also gives a sense of finality, as if it could be at the end of a movie or game.