Far From Noise has perhaps one of the most intriguing premises of the year. You’re in a beat up car, balancing on the edge of a cliff. The car is rocking back and forth ominously. As predicaments go, this is a pretty big one. But how did you end up here? How can you survive? Do you have RAC cover? The questions are endless…
Far From Noise starts with you contemplating what led you to this moment, your life literally in the balance. It’s a beautiful juxtaposition right from the off – you’re in a horrendous situation, but it just so happens to also be a beautiful, serene, somehow calming environment. Before you know it, your solitude is interrupted by a stranger. Over the course of a day and a night, the two of you talk through your predicament and life in general. This being is calm, collected and full of wisdom, encouraging you to look inside yourself instead of the confinements of your surroundings. Now some might be put off by the fact that Far From Noise appears to be just dialog, but it’s so much more than that. The conversations flip between the funny, the bizarre and the beautiful. The script is borderline flawless, because it doesn’t feel scripted. It’s all really natural.
Despite being in one location throughout, you’re not just joined by your new companion and the elements. You’re sporadically accompanied by various creatures, who trigger stories of memories from your past. These small, funny tales were some of my favourite moments in Far From Noise. Ordinarily, it would seem so strange to be talking about your opinions of badgers when facing possible death, but here it really works. And after my first playthrough, despite the ending feeling totally perfect, I was intrigued to start again. Because although Far From Noise is a short experience, it’s so full of heart and poetic wisdom that you actually feel like you learn something along the way. Without overstating it, there were a few lines that have honestly stayed with me, advice that I’m trying to take into my own life. And I think that’s pretty cool.
Far From Noise may not be for everyone, but everyone could get something out of it.
Punk rating: 8/10