A Little Bit of Sol Review

Thanks to Phil for this stunning review of Farewell, Doomed Planet!

“This is the soundtrack to my dreams. Chaotic, beautiful, mysterious and sublime. It took me a while to post due to trying to savor every nuance. I listened to it on my stereo, with headphones, and in my car. I got something different out of it each time. I got kinda lost in it for a bit. To me, that is the highest praise I can give.

In my top 10 favorite releases of last year.”

Head over to A Little Bit of Sol for the rest.

The Wire Review ❤️

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.”

The Wire can be read online with a subscription through Exact Editions, or look for a print copy at your local bookstore/library etc.

February 2020 cover of The Wire featuring Wire

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!

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.

ANTI Music: Netzine Review

A big thank you to ANTI Music: Netzine for their favorable review of Farewell, Doomed Planet!

“The album is a fantastic piece of complex variations between patterns and arrangements; certainly unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Electrifying and haunting. An interesting display of various sound designs and complex arrangements which turn out to be a hell of a ride!”

Read the full review over on their blog!

ANTIGRAVITY Magazine review

Michael Kunz has again reviewed my music for ANTIGRAVITY Magazine, this time tackling Farewell, Doomed Planet!

“It’s hard to say whether you’re hearing the soundtrack to a cartoonish sci-fi flick or a genuine panic attack sparked by climate change and nuclear proliferation. Perhaps that question will be answered 100 years from now, by a music historian citing this review in a paper—or the amoeba left to govern this barren planet.”

Read the full review here.