The full-length debut from Athens, Georgia-based musician Marcel Sletten is a sardonic, romantic pop album. Described by Sletten as “Whitman/Titian-meets-Elvis Costello/Nick Cave,” Vicious Kisses was mostly recorded in a single week at the artist’s home in Lodi, California. “This is my insomnia album,” Sletten says, referring to Vicious Kisses’ emotionally turbulent late-night recording sessions.
Across eight synth-heavy tracks, Vicious Kisses incorporates elements of genres such as country, dub, jazz, and synthpop. The album’s centerpiece, “Sleepless Nights,” is equally inspired by ‘80s sophisti-pop and My Bloody Valentine; meanwhile, the blissed-out “Kali Yuga” blends processed lap steel with cello drones to create a singular, melancholic sound. Psychedelic folk music for the digital age.
"Darkwater" finds Lamin Fofana creating rich aural spaces from a sparse musical palette, skillfully pairing and blending shades of sound to complement and accent each other, drawing attention to individual elements as needed to create highlights and points of interest. Fofana's understanding of placement and form is inspired, a truly impressive comprehension that results in a fascinating and engaging album that rewards the listener with repeated listening.
Highly recommended. rikm
What a talent Laura Luna Castillo is. The mix between degraded, ambient sounds, juxtaposed with almost brittle modular synth pulses is other-worldly and completely immersive. I bought this straight after buying Folksonomies. Gobbling this stuff up, Love it. bigbiggiebig