Kastle, the HMIC of one of GDD’s favorite labels Symbols Recordings & pusher of all good aural sounds and producers, hit me up a few weeks ago with the preview for Lindsay Lowend‘s new EP saying he ‘had a prodigy on his hands’. I think he was right.
Wind Fish is dreamy and whimsical, a charming blend of synth-pop, jazz, R&B sampling, video games, and neon. Lowend traverses all over the BPM map on the EP, entering at around 80 BPM and leaving at just about double that. The first track ‘GT40′ is brimming with samples that even someone with extensive video game and R&B knowledge would struggle finding. It’s aural ADD at its finest, combining a rap line like ‘got them hoes in the kitchen’ with the sounds from a 90s Nintendo game with effervescent synths and snappy drum loops. ‘Sass Mouth’ is a dead-ringer as my favorite from the EP, to the point where I looked a damn fool bopping around in the office and was stared at upon rather loudly gasping at the realization it was over in two minutes. I really, really wish the first two tracks were longer. With lower bass-heavy synths (including a lot of mouthy sounds, hence the track name I guess) and perfectly placed vocal chops, it’s almost a slow grind track with barely a line of vocals, a strong feat. ‘It’s George’ is heavy on arpeggiated and reverberated chords, an almost trip-inducing build that morphs into a frenzy of drums and then into a funk-vibe which I totally picture being the menu music for yet another video game. Finally, the title track and closer to the EP ‘Wind Fish’ is to me the most fluorescent of the bunch, with melodies made out of what seems entirely vocal clips and a deep ‘WHOOP’ vocal underneath.
Lindsay Lowend’s EP brings together so many different aspects of the aural sphere together that it’s nearly impossible to define it, simply because there’s just endless parts to define. It’s an eclectic sound that first appealed to me with the likes of artists like Rustie, and one I think has strong pop sensibilities that make it recognizable from an artist standpoint but near impossible to mimic at the same time. I’m excited for what Lindsay Lowend will pull out of his musical goodie bag next, but for now, Wind Fish is going to kick around on my ‘Recently Played’ for a while to come & is in strong contention for one of my favorite EPs this year.