I’m so, so honored to once again be reviewed in The Wire, the most essential of avant-garde music magazines. Dan Barrow says of Farewell, Doomed Planet!, “at its best, as on “Feral At Night”, “Exclusion Zone Earth, (Or, All Hail Chernobyl Wolves)” and the closer “Beau Travail”, Farewell recalls William Basinski if his source material was “Personal Jesus” era Depeche Mode.”
First of all, big props to blogs who wait til the actual end of the year to make their year-end lists! I really appreciate being recognized on the following:
anearful Best Of 2019: Electronic: Farewell, Doomed Planet! “I can imagine watching the big blue marble disappear in the porthole while listening to her loopy melodicism and watery textures, which brought both Eno’s Apollo and David Torn’s guitar to mind.”
Houdini Mansions Favorite 100 Albums of 2019: Strategic Tape Reserve’s ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets (including my track, “What Penumbras“) at no. 30
“Whether ambient like the perfectly descriptive “Whaliens” or darkwave like “Trinity Quadrant Cantata” or industrial like “Baleen Executioner” or recalling vintage ’80s synth-pop like “Departure,” nearly backing up into dubstep on “Unusual Capsule” or some mixture of all of the above as with the closing “Beau Travail,” this soundtrack for humans leaving one desolate expanse for another is disquieting yet oddly peaceful, in a way only nature can be.”
The full review is linked here, and the whole issue is available on Issuu.
Tabs Out named the Strategic Tape Reserve Shopland World tape (which I have a track on) their #2 tape of the year and my Departure 2019 tape their #70! Check out the full list (which also includes music friends Whettman Chelmets, Budokan Boys, Nicholas Langley, moduS ponY, Jordan Reyes, and more) here.
“…an ethereal collection of songs framed around a familiar compositional ethos, but this time around, with an additional no holds barred urgency regarding the environmental state of our planet. And while most releases centered around dystopian futures usually only prophesize about possible catastrophic possibilities, Kelly’s music and imagery on ‘Farewell, Doom Planet!’ stand out because it places the listener directly in an environmentally tortured future that’s already here.”
Read the full review over on the blog!