One of the biggest challenges for Electronic bands is to access the ghost in the machine and not lose the humanity of the music in a contextual presentation that is largely synthetic. Kaleidico manages that rare feat by starting with compositions that exude warmth and emotion rather than isolation and detachment. First with its 2013 debut, Free Falling Waltz, and then with its recently released sophomore album, Zoetic, Kaleidico crafts lovely Pop songs that offer Beatlesque melodicism and Paul Simon’s creative intelligence while retaining a level of intimacy and playfulness even when the soundtrack swells to cinematic proportions. By avoiding the pitfall of keeping the listener at arm’s length, Kaleidico makes engaging and compelling Synth Pop that satisfies on a variety of levels.
YOU’LL DIG IT IF YOU DIG: Air and Tame Impala compose music by dancing blindfolded on the giant floor keyboard from Big while being directed by 10CC. (BB)