Darnomite aka Jonah Lustig recently released Darnomite & The Magical Flying Zen Electric Oboe. Lustig explains that the EP was inspired mostly by Brian Wilson and Daft Punk. I heard the influence of Daft Punk right away and you can hear the Wilson inspiration mostly within the vocal harmonies.
The music is fun and loose. It’s not a cerebral experience that makes you think. In a way you can say it's easy listening. You also say the music fits into the electropop category. if I’m not mistaken, the music consists of almost entirely electronic elements.
Up first is “Still Here” which starts off with wavy synths, a simple beat and vocals. It feels like it drags but not in a bad way. It actually really works well because of the transition that happens about a minute in. The bass is what made me think of Daft Punk as it intensifies with an arpeggiated synth and vocal harmonies.
I loved the way “Swollen Spaces” started out. The synth lines are warm and the vocal melody is catchy. It’s a short song but Lustig covers a lot of ground. The last minute or so actually reminded me of the band Air.
“Your Move” was a subdued dance number. It might be the catchiest song on the EP. The vocal harmonies work really well. Up next is “Wine Reconsidered” which is the most experimental sounding of the four songs. It does turn into more of a dance number about half way through.
There are a couple of things I’d like to see Lustig attempt in the future. The songs felt like sketches and ideas that could have been fleshed out a little more. On the songs “Swollen Spaces” and “Your Move” both the songs start with solid vocal melodies but the second halves of those songs were dedicated to slightly repetitive instrumental attempts which felt a bit anti-climatic. I think I wanted really meaty hooks and choruses throughout the songs. The kind that you usually get in a Daft Punk song.
Overall, Lustig is definitely on to something. I think this builds a solid foundation for this type of material and I hope to hear more soon.
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