Personal Computer is the fine new record from Kody Nielson's project Silicon. This has to be the funkiest album to come out of New Zealand in years, mixing the textures and the compositional feel of disco and electo-pop with full-fledged songs. On Weird World, as a CD, an LP, and a deluxe LP edition with a book of art prints.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 28 August 2015
Kody Neilson is a crazy figure, a point that the media has insisted on making, this heralded as his ‘maturation’ compared to past monkey antics. Well sure, this isn’t as hi-NRG as The Mint Chicks, but that’s a band, and this is one person.
I was about to remark about how this is sort of like an electro Unknown Mortal Orchestra or and more indie Galaxians, but then found out that it is in fact the UMO guy’s brother. Do your fucking research Loz. Does melodic character run in the family? It seems to be so, it could almost be Ruban singing the octaves on here; likewise, the groovy funk edge of Multi-Love is present, but amplified and drenched in delicious effects, the synth-bass of ‘Submarine’ playing off Neilson’s trippy bubble choir. But the two groups are ultimately separate entities, the emphasis on hazy synth touches and a generally more upbeat electropop vibe carving Kody his own little niche while marking his family name in musical history. Daddy would be proud.
‘Little Dancing Baby’ is pure cheese for those so inclined. ‘Love Peace’ is so UMO it hurts, to undermine what was said 10 seconds ago. Anyway, this is fun, synthy and melodically rich, so a feast for pop ears.
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