Best ofs: Counterzine, An Earful, Houdini Mansions

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

And “What Penumbras” also made it to no. 175 on Counterzine’s Top 200 Tracks of 2019, as listed on Twitter

Offbeat Review

I’m so honored to be reviewed in the new issue of OffBeat Magazine by the highly esteemed and sadly departed Robert Fontenot:

“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.

I Heart Noise Review

Beautifully written and insightful review of Farewell, Doomed Planet! up on I Heart Noise thanks to F.J. Dominguez Pennock:

“…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!

Louder Than War Albums of the Year

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!

WFMU, WVUD, and Mad Wasp Radio

More archived shows to catch up with from the weekend! Thanks to Stan and Carol (aka Serious Moonlight Sonatas) at WFMU, Burl Veneer at WVUD‘s Permutations, and Lee from Mad Wasp Radio’s Kites & Pylons for programming music from Farewell, Doomed Planet! on their incredible shows. So much good stuff to hear on each of these!

WFMU Stan, December 6 2019 (click here to listen)

WFMU Serious Moonlight Sonatas with Carol, December 8 2019 (click here to listen)

The Letter review

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.