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Kody Nielson — Birthday Suite (June 29, 2018)

Kody Nielson — Birthday Suite (June 29, 2018)                      Kody Nielson — Birthday Suite (June 29, 2018)
Location: New Zealand
Styles: Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic
Album release: June 29, 2018
Record Label: Flying Nun
Duration:     32:44
Tracks:
01 Bic’s Birthday   2:18
02 James’s Birthday   3:15
03 Ruban’s Birthday   1:16
04 Darien’s Birthday   2:54
05 Frida’s Birthday   4:30
06 Po Po’s Birthday   1:08
07 Bubba’s Birthday   2:23
08 Azure’s Birthday   4:46
09 Christopher’s Birthday   3:04
10 Jo Jo’s Birthday   3:39
11 Cherhys’s Birthday   1:17
12 Dee Dee’s Birthday   2:24
Credits:
✹      Written performed & produced by Kody Nielson.
✹      Mastered by Brian „Big Bass“ Gardner.
✹      Photo by Bic Runga.
✹      Birthday Suite je typicky bizarní tah od sonicky neklidného Kodyho Nielsona. Nejprve získal proslulost jako neochvějný a nezkrotný frontman Mint Chicks, který se od té doby jakoby odrazil od vokálu, svůj hlas skrýval za vokodéry nebo vrstvy studiových efektů. Zde, na prvním albu, který vypustil do světa pod svým vlastním jménem, ​​spíše než jeho vlastní kapelou (Opossum), nebo projektem (Silicon), zcela svůj hlas odstranil. Zřejmou inspirací pro zvuky a prezentaci je nesmírně vlivný Wendy Carlos (b. Nov. 14, 1939) se svým syntetizátorovým albem „Switched on Bach“ (Oct. 1968/US Billboard 200   #10), nahrávaném v New York City koncem šedesátých let. Tento podivuhodný kus remixoval práci klasického skladatele a přehodnotil své klasické hity na futuristickém Moog syntezátoru. Radikální a mysl rozšiřující počin v té době, ale dnes poměrně staromódní. Zatímco tento vliv přetrvává, Nielson mu není zavázán. Jeho idiosynkratické, funky bubnování dodává albu dobré groovy, chvění a odhodlání pod kuratelou všech arpeggiových vintage synťáků a melodických rozmarů. Jestliže Carlos řekl o svém debutovém albu, že „bylo vysoce muzikální tak, jak by si to mohli všichni obyčejní posluchači ... sami pro sebe charakterizovat, ... s úžasnou citlivostí a jemně tepanými nuancemi, v témbru, tónu a expresivitě...“, jistě totéž můžeme říct o současném albu Kodyho Nielsona.
Notes:
✹      In 2016 Kody’s new project Silicon released Personal Computer  which went on to win the prestigious Taite Music Prize and gained praise from critics and fans like Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake.
✹      Kody has also been an integral collaborator in his brother Ruban’s project Unknown Mortal Orchestra, touring, recording and producing for the band extensively. Kody and his brother received Apra’s Silver Scroll Award for the song Multi~Love which they wrote together.
AllMusic Review by Paul Simpson;  Score: ****
✹      Kody Nielson‘s Birthday Suite consists of a dozen instrumentals named after his family members and written as themes for their respective birthdays. The songs are generally bright, upbeat, and celebratory, with baroque~influenced melodies played on vintage analog synthesizers and live drums, bringing to mind Wendy Carlos, Perrey & Kingsley, Dick Hyman, and anyone else who was making Moog records back in the ’60s.
✹      This is Nielson’s first full~length under his own name, and it’s yet another stylistic shift in a career that has ranged from angular noise~punk (the Mint Chicks) to indie psych~pop (Opossom, Unknown Mortal Orchestra) to lonely downtempo electro~funk (Silicon). Nielson hinted at this album’s direction with Devils, his 2013 solo EP, but that digital release, as intriguing as it sounded, was a rough fusion of jazz, Afrobeat, and funk that felt much more tentative and experimental.
✹      Birthday Suite, however, is much more fully developed, and could nearly pass as a lost artifact from the era it’s emulating. The arrangements are incredibly tight, and the songs are all bursting with character; one would assume that they perfectly encapsulate the personalities of the people whose birthdays they are honoring. “Bic’s Birthday” (named for Nielson’s partner, New Zealand pop superstar Bic Runga) has funky breakbeats and melodies that sound like a voice singing through a vocoder, but no words are actually revealed. „James’s Birthday” comes closer to a disco groove, but still contains a heavy dose of the baroque. As joyous as the album is, there is a trace of a darker undercurrent to tracks like “Frida’s Birthday,” which is noticeably colder and cloudier than some of the other songs. Slightly divergent is the broken, blunted funk of “Azure’s Birthday,” which could be a secret weapon for any number of Stones Throw~affiliated DJs.
✹      Had Birthday Suite been released during the ’90s, it probably would’ve been lumped in with the lounge craze, and the comparisons to the Moog Cookbook would’ve been endless. While that brilliant project thrived on the sort of hipster irony that was inescapable during the ’90s, Birthday Suite is entirely removed from all that, and seems far more genuine and original.
Bandcamp: https://kodynielson.bandcamp.com/album/birthday-suite
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