Escape-ism - The Lost Record

Review: The Lost Record – Escape-ism ★★★☆☆

Imagine it’s Friday night and you’re all alone. You want something to listen to, to keep your mind off the fact that you have nothing planned. So what do you listen to?

You put your favorite headphones on, grab a refreshing beverage, sit down in your favorite chair and press play to listen to The Lost Record by Escape-ism.




As the title track of the album begins to play you hear a flavorful mixture of electronic and lo-fi sounds hit your ears. You hear a man’s voice say, “I’m, I’m the lost record.” His voice is full of angst and loneliness. It’s that same loneliness you’re feeling this Friday night. And you realize that you relate to this man and what to hear more.

Escape-ism is a side project of the musician, Ian Svenonius. And yes, that is his real name. The 50-year-old has been creating music since 1988. Some of the bands he has been in include: Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Weird War, and Chain and the Gain.

Ian started Escape-ism in 2017. The Lost record is the second album under the Escape-ism name. The first album, entitled Introducing Escape-ism, was released November 10, 2017, through Merge Records. The Lost Record was released September 7, 2018, also through Merge Records.

The Lost Record

This album has many influences of punk, lo-fi, pop, and electronic. And a little bit of Psycho-billy in Ian’s vocal delivery.

The first track of the album makes the listener feel that they have just stumbled upon an actually lost record of undiscovered music.

The second track, “Nothing Personal” is my favorite track on the album. It features an electronic two-note riff, that is featured throughout the track. It’s a haunting track that has Ian’s angsty and lonely voice saying, “It’s nothing personal.”

The eighth track is also another favorite entitled, “Exorcist Stairs.” It is complete with drum machines and a three-chord blues structure. The reason I like it so much is that it’s similar to the Cramps and how they wrote songs. By using blues structures, and mixing them with themes and visuals of the horror genre.

I give this album 3.5 stars. I like the uniqueness of it, and all the quirky things about it. But it’s an album that I wouldn’t want to listen to all the time. It’s a great album if you’re in a specific mood.

Listen to more Escape-ism at their Bandcamp page.

This album was selected and reviewed by Cole Foster, published by The Ennui Project.

Cole Foster
Cole Foster is a Rexburg local, and the frontman for local rock'n'roll group, For Your Health. Foster is a contributing author for The Ennui Project and is the brains behind "The Peel" a podcast that peels back the musicians of Rexburg, Idaho.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.