Less than a month has passed since the last time we featured Blackbird Blackbird, and that shouldn’t be a surprise really. I think he’s on the verge of a releasing a new EP titled Boracay Planet, so today’s reveal of the single “All” was somewhat anticipated.
I’ve noted that it often seems this particular artist can’t make his mind up about genre direction. But, with “All,” he’s clearly establishing himself as a pro in the chillwave niche. In fact, this sounds so much so like the best elements of Memory Tapes, Toro Y Moi and Neon Indian that…basically, I’m digging it a bunch.
Quoting the press release on this one:
Blackbird Blackbird shows off his pop sensibilities in “All”, thick with echoing guitar plucks and soothing, lightly-treated vocals. Chiming synths and fluttering clicks splash color on top of a melancholic tone. Clean four-to-the-floor beats and a lovely synth lead dissipate into dreamlike samples of incomprehensible speech and smooth, lapping waves. Distal remixes Blackbird Blackbirdʼs “Keep It Up” into a dark, barreling techno track. Blackbirdʼs crooning vocals stab into the rolling kick drum, complete with frenetic bubbling effects. The beat is broken up with touches of two-step futurism and at the very end, a playful flute appears to brighten the fade out.