Recommended by us on 22nd July 2010.
Radio People is the latest project from Ohio-stalwart, Sam
Goldberg. After a handful of solo releases under his own name
on Weird Forest, 905 Tapes and the Emeralds-run Wagon &
Gneiss Things labels, he debuted Radio People on an ultra-
limited self-titled cassette on his own Pizza Night imprint. At
that point, there was no way back and the only move was to
push forward with this new cosmic beast. Two more short-run
tapes followed and it was clear that this new chemically
imbalanced synthesizer project wasn't just a quick hit one-off.
Radio People is here to stay.
On this, his debut vinyl effort, Goldberg has compiled the best
elements of those three, long-gone cassettes. This Dubplates &
Mastering cut slab of wax is the strongest statement Goldberg
has made, proving his talent lies far beyond ambient
soundscapes and well into the world of pop-infused synthesizer
chaos and kraut-inspired composition. Major hooks sit
alongside dense planetary drones. Goldberg pairs rivers of
polysynth tracery with deep shards of droning organs, minimal
live percussion and a whole host of drum machine backbone.
This really is the best of both worlds. Melodies suck you in,
beats get your head bobbing and then you're sucked down a
complex tonal wormhole of introspective loops and ambient
Pop song frameworks nestle themselves neatly beside somber
soundscapes, sometimes jumping back and forth in the same
track. Barely-there vocals foil the stasis, leaving the listener
guessing and wondering if there's a ghost in the mix. Radio
People's embracing of simple kraut rhythms to underscore the
catchy, kosmische wanderings give this music an accessibility
not present in much of Goldberg's previous work. It crosses
boundaries and comes back and shows still untapped wells of
talent and ideas in Goldberg's bag of tricks.
1.The Leaf Home 4:23
2.Only My Friends Can Sing 2:52
3.Split Personality 3:34
4.The Leaf Home Pt. II (Vietnam) 3:53
5.New Where 2:31
7.Transient Romance 5:03
9.Feeling Sorry For Yourself 8:42
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