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Cosmic electro pop

Chase Hagerman augmented the avant-garde in his galactically galvanised single, Love You ft MEV

Taken from his ingeniously titled 2023 LP, The Avant Guardian, the standout single, Love You, from Cali’s Chase Hagerman, is an artfully visceral explosion of pure sonic devotion.

Those three little words seem even smaller after experiencing the riotously rapturous soundscape, which unravels as a progressive medley of sheer experimentalism. From euphonic disco-funk grooves to hits of hip-hop to interludes of cosmic space folk to hyper pop, it would probably be easier to name the genres which were excluded from the high-octane melting pot, which picks up stratospheric mind-bending momentum to ensure the listener feels the love in mind, body and soul.

It is one thing to create such a massive sound and another thing entirely to make it so impactful with meaning simultaneously. Clearly, Chase Hagerman (AKA Chase the Composer) is as far from being pedestrian as the NASA Space Station.

Prior to releasing his solo material, the eclectically-styled classically-experienced composer, drummer, producer and pianist cut his teeth in college marching bands, orchestras, rock bands and theatre troupes; his collective experience became the sum of his avant-garde tenacity and anthemic subtlety.

Stream the album in full via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Darkness & the Light traverses the cosmos in ‘Nice to be in orbit’

under a distant sun by Darkness & The Light

If any track can remind you of how lucky you are to be a blip in the cosmos, it can be found in Darkness & the Light’s latest album, under a distant sun. Nice to be in orbit is paradoxically grounding in its cinematic delivery; the Sydney-based artist gives you the sense that they have the rare ability to emanate the grandeur of the cosmos in all of its glory instead of choosing crevices to aurally explore.

The ambient synth lines work their way through ethereal layers of reverb while the percussion brings lucidity to the mix, and the guitars take the track to an Avant-Garde, almost post-punk realm. The vocals may never go beyond choral echoes above the psychedelic grooves, and Nice to be in orbit is all the more celestial for it.

Of all the ambient music we have heard this year, nothing comes close to the intricately explorative alchemy in Nice to be in orbit. We can’t wait to hear what follows.

Nice to be in orbit is now available to stream and download via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast