Album Of The Week: Mocky – Key Change

Mocky - Key Change

Technically this is last weeks “Album Of The Week” but due to time constraints I didn’t get a chance to do a write-up. I’ve been enamored with Mocky’s gorgeous music ever since I first laid ears on it just some two months ago, and now he’s dropped his killer new album. Mocky makes music that you’d have a hard time pigeonholing, but just about the easiest time listening to. Key Change is a fabulous, delicate blend of songwriting which echoes past traditions while at the same time managing to surprise with its stunning originality. Although Mocky played nearly all of the instruments on the album there are some very special collaborations on the record from the likes of Feist, Gonzales, Kelela, Moses Sumney and multi-talented Flying Lotus collaborator Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

“I have a habit of sniffing out musical family wherever I go,” he recently told Fact Magazine. “L.A. had it — the feeling that there’s space to create your own reality,” he continues. “People are slowly catching on to the real scene that’s developing out here: it’s a legitimate, thriving place where you can make a credible record.”

Make sure you check out the aptly titled opener “Upbeat Thing” also one not to miss is the funky pop of “Time Inflation (Message to R2).” “Soulful Beat” is just that soulful, organic and filled with great vibes. “Whistlin” is a gentle jazzy number, while “Tomorrow Maker” has a lovely psychedelic vibe mixed with electronics.

If you’re new to him and his sound then this album serves as an excellent introduction, even though it’s his fifth. For me, Key Change will stay in rotation this Summer and beyond.

8/10

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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