Dream Koala Exodus

Dream Koala Exodus
5
French-Brazilian producer, singer and songwriter Yndi Ferreira (aka Dream Koala) has used his previous releases to explore and expand upon dystopian narratives and sounds that evoke cosmic, dream-like spaces, and his latest release Exodus follows in the same vein. The entire EP documents Dream Koala's interest in shifting sounds that bloom and unfurl over the course of each song — unfortunately, he tends to stop short before you can actually sink into them.
 
Dream Koala leaves two of the three tracks floating in what seems meant to be a pregnant silence, but it feels more like a vacuum, collapsing in on itself and ending any hope of expansion. He misses the opportunity to do something big or memorable with "Synthetic" as it moves from introductory build-up to cacophonic percussion, but it still fizzles at the end. Similarly, "Threnody to Earth" simply fades out, never gaining speed or traction and suffering from a lack of substance outside of Ferreira's melancholic vocals. It's a generous attempt, but it feels stifled before the EP can really take off. (Independent)