I have to say first and foremost that the new album Natural by Sleekey is one of the finest sounding DIY recordings I have heard in a long time. Sleekey, which is a solo project, was recorded, mixed and mastered in his home studio in Nogaya, Japan and the results are nothing less than professional. That being said he is by no means a newbie when it comes to making music. His first project was called PANORAMICO and he was also the lead singer and composer for Cable and Cable.
Natural is a certified synthpop album that could be compared to an album from an artist such as Cornelius. Sleekey combines multiple synths at once bringing bright, vibrant melodies that burst with optimistic energy. He manipulates his voice and creates a synergy with the music. He seems to pass it through a couple of filters, which make it almost sound robotic but he doesn't go overboard.
The first song “Natural” blends electronic drums, soft pads, bass, lead synth and guitar into an appealing concoction of noise. With so many elements in the mix you might expect it to sound crowded but in fact it’s quite the opposite. It’s spacious and leaves plenty of room for his vocals to breath. The second track “Luz” is one of the highlights on the album. Sleeky picks up the pace a bit and introduces poppy elements that make the song burst. “La Decepción” busts out a couple of relaxing, chill grooves that create a sedative effect while “Volver a Comenzar” is a worthy closer.
The last two songs are extended versions of “Luz” and “Volver a Comenzar.” The album is sung in Spanish and unfortunately I don't understand the native tongue but it didn’t detract from my appreciation of Natural. HIs vocal melodies and music was all I needed to enjoy the album and I think you will to.
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