“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.”
“…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.”
So many thanks to Louder Than War for adding Farewell, Doomed Planet! to its top 200 albums of the year! I’m in excellent company with music friends Xqui, Equinox, and Whettman Chelmets, and influences such as Thom Yorke, Lingua Ignota, Mica Levi, Moor Mother, + so many others. See the full list here and keep an eye out for the top 50, which promises to be fantastic!
A Closer Listen included Shopland World, which has my song “What Penumbras” on it, on their 2019 Happiest Music of the Year list. “A trip to the local (miniature) supermarket has never been so much fun!” Read the full list here and listen to the album below.
Blair Millen from The Letter just posted an 8/10 review rating for Farewell, Doomed Planet! alongside a very thoughtful analysis that’s still making me blush. For example, “…while Whaliens is as good as anything by Loscil and Cosmonaut Chorus is sibling-rivalry to Julianna Barwick, this is a distinctly unique take on electronic music that demands celebration.” You can read the full review over on the blog.