Spazzkid :: Desire (Keats//Collective / Purr Tapes / Abandon Building)

Plenty of contemplative moments peppered around a soundscape constructed with interesting sounds gathered from various unknown sources.

This full length album from Spazzkid is a collection of gentle meandering electropop tracks with a pastoral feel. It has been out for a little while now, since May of this year (2013) in fact, so I’m a little slow on the pick up for this one. But it’s still very definitely worth a mention at this late date.

As I said, it’s a full length album, and when I say full length I mean 41 odd minutes. That’s quite an outpouring of creation. It bears the length pretty well though, something that can’t always be said. It’s the result of a year or so spent mainly on a bicycle, which would give one plenty of time for introspection and reflection. This seems to be concurrent with the output here, there are plenty of contemplative moments peppered around a soundscape constructed with interesting sounds gathered from various unknown sources. There is a prominent vocal element stretched about many of the tracks, not singing as such, but you know what these producers do with vocal samples. The feel of the album is kind of retro stretchy shiny electro pop. Reminiscent of Rustie’s album Glass Swords from 2011—it has that shiny retro synth pop thing going on, but done with plenty of interesting stuff around it to not be cheesy. Lots of bleeps and synth drums too actually. This is a nice release from an artist who is making music that is personal to him. That’s alright isn’t it? I mean, that’s what it’s all about!

Desire is available on KeatsCollective (digital), Purrtapes (limited cassette) and Abandon Building.

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