Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Kids And The Cosmos - Ambient Mixtape Vol. 1 [Sound In Silence 089]

Released via Athens-based imprint Sound In Silence on February 14th, 2k22 as the labels 089 is "Ambient Mixtape Vol. 1", the most recent mini album project conceived by Justin Lee Radford under his artistic nom de guerre that is The Kids And The Cosmos. Inspired and influenced by the passing of his grandmother which Mr. Radford experienced first hand the roughly 28 minutes spanning album opens with a carefully arranged array of crackly, slightly washed out Ambient layers accompanied by tender, caressing piano tones and somewhat outerworldy, yet beautiful vocal bits evoking memories of Psychedelia-infused space opera only to progress into melancholia-inducing piano pieces for rainy Sunday afternoons, classic, sparkling Ambient affairs with an ever so slight WitchHouse twist in the crossover piece "TKATC x message to bears" in which Radford's solo project meets the duo he runs alongside his friend Jerome Alexander whilst "Transition" presents a solemn inward-looking amalgamation of Ambient and cinematic (Neo)Classical elements and the concluding "After Life (Neon Ecstatics)" even sets dancefloors in motion with a sweet'n'quirky fusion of Vaporwave aesthetics and bass-heavy PostDubstep and therefore turns out to be our favorite cut on this album.


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