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Review: Starchild & The New Romantic

February 20, 2018

 

Looking for something new? Check out the review I did of Starchild & The New Romantic’s debut full-length album, Language, for CrypticRock.com. This album lifts off like a time traveling spaceship headed to an alternate reality where the ’80s never ended. Set for release on Friday, February 23, 2018 via Ghostly, the album functions cohesively to revive that ’80s Synth Pop sound. It serves as a perfect extension of the era’s better Pop sensibilities smoothed over with R&B gloss, and as the stage name of Starchild suggests, a hint of Funk.

 

Starchild & The New Romantic - "Hangin On"

 

 

Those unfamiliar with the talent that makes up this new project, Starchild’s Bryndon Cook grew into the music industry first as part of a family pastime and then on the road touring with the likes of Solange and Chairlift as a guitarist. Ready to take the next step in his career, Language builds on the sound he first created on his 2016 EP, Crucial. Fourteen songs in total, the title-track, “Language,” opens up the album and immediately sets the tone. Inspired in part by the earlier works of Michael Jackson, the album borrows some of Jackson’s polish, but the balance of influence lays largely at the feet of Prince. It can be heard throughout the track list from the panty dropper “Mood” to Cook’s channeling of Prince’s signature yips on “Only If U Knew.” The title of that song plays both with the modernity of text speak, “u” for “you,” and Prince’s famous hit “Nothing Compares 2 U” penned for Sinead O’Connor. Each track makes it obvious that Cook is not only a musician, but also a student of music that revels in learning from the masters...

 

Read the rest at CrypticRock.com.

 

 

 

 

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