Kody Neilson might not be a name you're all familiar with, but it's definitely one you should know. The New Zealand native first became known for teaming with his brother Ruben in the Mint Chicks, a group that developed cult status in the early 2000s.
After the band's breakup, Ruben founded Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Kody gained initial success with Opossum, a joint project with Bic Runga. As well as recently linking with UMO for their third album, Kody has recently returned with a new project called Silicon, perhaps his most brilliant work to date.
"Cellphone" was reviewed on the site in the lead up to the release of Silicon's album Personal Computer in late August, but today I bring you "God Emoji," one of the LP's feature tracks. Slick and velvety, it fuses together Neilson's hypnotic, robotic vocals with gripping electronic arrangements.
Claimed to be "a return to a self contained mode," the album itself is a brilliant listen, and on early inspection is looking like one of my favorites of the year. It's a special release, and will also be celebrated with a New York and London exhibitions of paintings of Kody’s ‘Emoji’ icon.