Track Review: ‘Ontology (Form and Content)’ by The Maladaptive Solution

The Maladaptive Solution are an Orlando based collective of musicians including Brad Beard, Michael Carpenter, Michael Giblin, Jimmy Haber and Kylie Whitney, who create a refreshing brand of spiritual folk-pop with meaningful lyrics.

There is a great deal of mystery surrounding the band and their concept, especially with their cryptic logo which they are hoping will become synonymous with the ideology of the group.

In terms of songwriting, it doesn’t come much more effective than ‘Ontology (Form and Content)’. The band have noted that the music is based on ‘Buddhism, quantum physics, a course in miracles and the science of changing your mind’, all of which are encapsulated within their positive folk-pop songs.

‘Ontology (Form and Content)’ is a super listenable, feel good track that won’t fail in revealing some of your deepest emotions. Although it is a very upbeat, positive song, a range of feelings have been reported upon first listen. For example, many have cried, others have felt a sense of support during a difficult time, whilst some have even been disturbed by the track.

A beautifully enticing sitar-like drone sends the song into a swirling spiritual journey before simply strummed guitars and calming backing vocals join the fray, forming a potent sonic combination. As the song builds, so too does the emotional factor behind the song, and this culminates in a firework display of drum crashes and satisfying guitar solos.

As for lyrics, although the band keep them simple, you can’t doubt that there is a lot of hidden subtext underneath just waiting to be unpicked to reveal its true meaning. As the band suggest, ‘Ontology (Form and Content)’ is a ‘form of brainwashing’, and as disturbing as this might sound, it urges listeners to actively engage with the music on an intellectual and spiritual level.

Overall, ‘Ontology (Form and Content)’ is a must listen track which the band point out as ‘Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” in less than 5 minutes’; it’s not just a song, it’s a message.

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