Radio People Hazel

Radio People Hazel
There's no question that kosmische explorer Sam Goldberg has had a busy year. Not only did the Cleveland, OH native recently drop a solo album and another LP with Mist (his joint project with Emeralds' John Elliott), but 2011 has already seen one record by his Radio People project, making the moniker's Hazel only the latest in a blur of new Goldberg-related releases. But rather than stray from the familiar (like with this year's Arbor LP), this full-length for Mexican Summer opts to further flesh out the synth-led ambience, as Goldberg once again mines the cosmos for his spaced-out instrumentals. The result is a heady blend of drones, pulses and sweeping arpeggios, showcasing melodic, but compact, epics and an increasingly rhythmic approach. Despite offering up some vocals on slow-core-indebted curveball "Patience," Hazel essentially sticks to the Radio People rule book, meaning a decades-old approach to electronic music has again been painstakingly weaved into something very much of the modern age. (Mexican Summer)