“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.
Thank you so much to Blair Millen for shouting out Farewell, Doomed Planet! as a “genre-bending” album that “deftly crossed various musical plains with aplomb.” Blair’s got loads of great recommendations; see more over on The Letter.
“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.”
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.
A little late on this but huge thanks to Recent Music Heroes for the generous review of Farewell, Doomed Planet! “…full of determined noises, intriguing dynamic rhythms and vivid sonic effects which together make up an irresistible punch of sonic waves.” Read the full review here.
Thanks to The Autumn Roses, a wonderful blog highlighting music by mostly-women composers of all genres, for sharing the video for “Feral At Night” from Farewell, Doomed Planet!, “underground, apocalyptic Sturm und Drang with a sense of gallows humor and vintage style.” See more here and on the blog.
“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!”
“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.”