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I am often attracted to music that is hard to define by a single label; I am often attracted to bands that make a practice of genre bending, combining elements of variant musical genres into one song. X: THC is one of these bands, but what makes them even more interesting is the fact they are combining not just multiple genres, but multiple media platforms, arresting your senses on many different levels. This is no passive musical experience; the album will drag you, forcefully, through feelings of emotional isolation, abysmal numbness, maddening frustration, and ultimately to catharsis. X: The Human Condition is an amazing album, part of multi-sensory experience, that may build on many of the stepping stones of the past, but is definitely an album and concept that treads towards the future and new possibilities in ways that many artists have not even started to consider. How to describe the music? Ambient, brooding, sensual, consuming, and emotive. There is definitely a lot of post-punk influence, with percussion reminiscent of electronic new wave. The beats are very grounded, but the subtle keyboard arrangements are ethereal and enveloping. The vocals are soulful, heartfelt, and delivered with conviction. As Michael Nova sings, you can t but help to fall into his voice's veritable qualities, making you feel his lyrics on a deeper level. But what I really like about each song is that the music is not arranged to favor the vocalist. Tienne (guitar and keyboards) and John Bollinger (percussion) are as intricate and important to each song. This New York trio is not two musicians supporting a singer, but rather three musicians interweaving a soundscape together. The band uses the word synesthesia to describe the experience, and I could not agree more. Personally, I am obsessed with synesthesia, a condition where one sensory impression creates a response from another sense. For example, a synesthete may hear the A note and always see the color blue when the note is played. Another synesthete may touch sandpaper and taste peanut butter. This album will transport your senses, and the one song that stood out the most to me was Like Violins. This song, which takes you by complete surprise, is a study in kinesics, as you literally feel your body moving as you are listening, though you are sitting still. Another track to just get lost in is A Human Flood laced with strings, compressed guitars, and affected vocals, the song emotes various, contradicting, emotions, while inducing a frustration of not knowing of whether to sit still or run. And it is rare for a song to have such an effect on a listener, but it is even rarer when a band can produce an album of songs that have such an effect on a listener. Many bands use flashy visuals on LED screens, but X: THC has taken this one step further. The band has produce a film, X: The Human Condition, that will be played during live performances. This only leaves me wondering just how much more powerful the music will be when multiple senses are being bombarded at once. --SlowDiveMusic Blog

This is a magical album, crafted on a backbone of Portishead-style trip-hop and deep, dark and haunting soundscapes ala Depeche Mode. It starts off with Hide creates an ominous introduction using spoken word before breaking into seductive chill-out goodness that easily rivals the like work of Bjork, His Mighty Robot, Switchblade Symphony and Massive Attack in terms of impact and diversity. Indeed, what X: THC do is take elements of extremely credible influences and use them to craft their own vibrant and diverse musical mix-up. This variety is reflected perfectly on Monster on here the band takes on personal themes and ideas with bare lyrics: I veil my eyes so you can t see inside me which collide neatly with some sensitive orchestral moments. A Human Flood quickens the pace and is much heavier in places relying on brooding guitar tones, pained vocals, glitchy electronics and emotive and complex drum work. Follow-up The Creature from the Blackened Room is a hypnotic and chilling journey that examines the complexities of human nature and our desire to be understood and loved yes, it s dark but it s very accessible and the music is especially uplifting in parts. Next up, Sleeping with One Eye Open brings us back down, hooking the listener in with Tricky-esque chimes and sharp electronic tinges. Again, this track is built around vocalist and creator Michael Nova s sincere feelings of alienation and the struggle that comes with combating that. Meanwhile, Don t Cry moves things forward with another accessible electro-pop tune that will anchor fans of everything from Radiohead to IAMX via Darren Hayes this is our standout track on the album and it really sticks out as a strong indicator of just how relevant and exciting X: THC are within the contemporary new wave scene it s delicious and positive pop music for those that like to think too much and dare to dream. Mr. Happy is much simpler in its delivery but it s certainly set to be a fan favorite for listeners. While the lyrics may not be the as positive as on previous tracks, the expansive soundscape created by the keyboard work and vocals make this an intriguing listen. Like Violins is a hard-hitting track that takes influence from industrial and rock influence to create a solid groove and a massive chorus that ll have people singing along in the live arena this is arguably the heaviest track on the record and it features all of the ingredients that a successful crossover act needs to have a bit of rock, a smidge of electro, a hefty chunk of angst and a dollop of emotion. Worth Fighting For is an unusually straightforward pop track that features some excellent Cure-style notes and affecting lyrics. The final track is Tag, You re It is a fitting ending to a truly invigorating disk there s a nice mix of jazz and blues influence in this alongside some buzzing electro elements and solid lyrical content. In summary, X: THC are probably the kind of band that you d enjoy so much you would want to keep them to yourself, only you won t be able to because you re so damned excited about the music, you have to tell all your friends and family and Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, then of course videos start getting made and reviews start flooding in... This is a great album. You should check it out. That is all. --SphereMag,

UKIsolation is more than just being alone. You could be in a room full of people and still be isolated. In a effort to thwart loneliness some people use creativity to express themselves which is exactly what singer/songwriter/producer Michael Nova does on the live music multimedia project, X: The Human Condition. Not to be confused with his new wave post-modernism indie rock band X:THC, X: The Human Condition is a tour-de-force of visual storytelling set to the backdrop of experimental soundscapes known as synethesia. Michael was a pioneer in offering multiple services to the music industry as a one-stop shop . While working on the X: THC project, Michael co-founded Metrofly, a non-profit organization whose mission focus was To promote awareness and support of select charities whose scope of operation is within the New York Metropolitan area. Metrofly hosted successful fundraising events for Make a wish foundation, Care Tsunami Relief Efforts, St Jude Children s Research Hospital , Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, NY Cares and many more.Michael has now partnered with the Jed Foundation and TWLOHA to donate a portion of the profits from X: THC s X: The Human Condition to help these two non-profit organizations in their work. Inspired by the works of such renowned artists as Tim Burton, Michael Gondry, and Rod Serling, X: The Human Condition is an emotionally catalysmic event that will resonate in your subconscious for weeks. In a world where live action accompanied by video stimulus is the new trend in theater, Michael Nova s avant-garde production remains unparalleled. --UnratedNYC Magazine