HazelAugust 23, 2011 Mexican Summer
Slowly drifting over the horizon, into the realms of Mexican Summer, comes Radio People with Hazel. The return of Cleveland, Ohio man Sam Goldberg’s cosmic synthesizer project is cause for fanfare of the most blissful kind – his music is, after all, a beautiful, hovering behemoth worthy of celebration.
Since 2007 Goldberg has become renowned for his slew of highly collectable cassettes, CDRs and VHS on such labels as the Emeralds-curated Wagon and Gneiss Things, Weird Forest, 905 Tapes, Catholic Tapes and Tusco/Embassy, while also finding the time to found his own prolific imprint Pizza Night. Radio People appeared in 2009, producing a similar cascade of material, with Digitalis Records carefully gathering a selection and committing them to vinyl a year later.
Mexican Summer is proud to contribute to this legacy with his new album Hazel, a collection of dream-like soundscapes, billowing clouds of synthesizers cut with poignant razor drones, expansive sweeping melodies and suspended harmonies. When brought out of reverie, Radio People pushes ever onward with Italo and Kosmische pulses, concise percussion and sombre vocals, but when left for a while it is always happy to melt back into music for drooping eyelids and swollen hearts. Intergalactic drama at its best and most essential.
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|4 The Maroon Lift|
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