Cochrane’s ‘Sounds Like Science’: An Experimental Sonic Odyssey


In a world where the boundaries of music are constantly being stretched and redefined, California-based producer Cochrane McMillan emerges as a sonic trailblazer with his latest offering, the enigmatic album ‘Sounds Like Science’.

We review this 9-track masterpiece that is a mesmerising exploration of sound, eschewing conventional norms to create a captivating auditory experience that defies categorisation.

Inspired by an unwavering fascination with the intricate science of sound, Cochrane McMillan sets out on a sonic expedition, inviting listeners to join him in a universe of music where experimentation knows no bounds. While the artist’s description of the album may be characteristically humble and enigmatic, the music itself is anything but.

Sounds Like Science‘ is a journey into the uncharted territories of music, with each track serving as a portal to a distinct sonic dimension. Cochrane McMillan, along with a talented ensemble of musicians, weaves a tapestry of soundscapes that transcends genre and convention.

“I have a profound fascination with the science of things.” – Cochrane McMillan

The artwork for the album ‘Sounds Like Science’, designed by Alexa Eisner.

Album Review

One of the standout tracks, ‘Sponge Modeling 101,’ exemplifies the album’s audacious spirit. This sonic adventure is a skillfully crafted fusion of Nu Jazz, hard-style percussion, and a cacophony of noise, creating a powerful and enthralling auditory experience. The rhythmic precision and seamless progression throughout the track demonstrate Cochrane’s mastery of his craft.

As you delve deeper into the album, you’ll begin to appreciate the complexity of the musical architecture. The amalgamation of genres and freestyle instrumentation on display is a testament to the artist’s virtuosity. ‘Can’t Stay Home‘ a sprawling 10-minute opus, draws you in with its exquisite piano work and infectious percussion. It’s a sonic journey that immerses you in a mesmerising wall of sound, making it impossible to stay still.

The latter half of the album takes a subtle shift in musical direction, with tracks like ‘Haus on Haus‘ introducing a more laid-back yet melodically rich element. Here, guitars and pianos waltz harmoniously, while percussion and brass elements hark back to the early works of British producer and DJ Bonobo. This track, in particular, stands out as a testament to Cochrane McMillan’s unique artistry.

In a world that often craves predictability, ‘Sounds Like Science’ is a bold and refreshing departure from the norm. It’s an album that challenges our perception of music, encourages us to embrace the unfamiliar, and celebrates the limitless possibilities of sonic artistry. Cochrane McMillan has crafted a work that defies easy categorisation, and in doing so, has given us an album that truly sounds like science.

Release Date and Streaming

The album released on 8th August 2023, with links to stream the album available via this link.

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