Sonic Space Lab, aka Luis Rodriguez, is a Venezuelan music producer based in Dunedin, New Zealand since 2015. Changing Times was reviewed by Divide and Conquer back in 2018 and the producer is back with Up in the Air.
The EP starts with “On the Verge” and this track is similar to artists like M83 and Lights & Motion. It’s very epic, cinematic and grand sounding. Elements of post-rock are certainly in there as well but for the most part the music envelops you and attempts to take over the entire stereo field.
The mood is chilled out considerably on “Up in the Air” which ironically sounds like you landed back on Earth. In fact I felt like I was back on Earth for the remainder of the songs. This song felt like it was split into two sections. The first half is an instrumental build that revolves around atmospheric elements with a synth taking the lead. Once we get to the second half we are introduced to vocals. The vocals are heavily affected with what sounds like autotune giving it a robotic type of quality that meshes with the celestial swirl of elements.
“There's no Gravity” is more melancholy and meditative. This song actually reminded me of the band AIR. Similar to the previous songs it is surrounded with atmospheric elements. “Starting from Scratch” actually had a similar quality to the previous song to me between the strings and the more intimate quality to the song. Last up is “Hold On” which felt motivational. I really liked the song and there were some unexpected turns. The song gets dance heavy around the three-minute-and-thirty-second mark in a slight ’80s inspired way.
The songs feel fairly cohesive overall between the atmospheric, ethereal and celestial qualities. I think fans of the aforementioned bands will enjoy this. Take a listen.
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