Throughout two self-produced EPs, Melbourne songwriter and producer Andy Szetho – aka Gentle Powder – has steadily produced his craft for earning ethereal, late-night time aspiration pop.
With debut album Someplace Like Paradise – which we’re premiering below at New music Feeds before it officially arrives tomorrow (8th April) – the former Storm the Sky guitarist’s vision appears thoroughly realised, constructing on people early explorations and drawing their strings alongside one another to sort a coherent debut LP.
From the very first times of opener ‘Are You a Taking pictures Star’, Szetho builds a lush, shoegaze-affected soundscape of reverb-significant guitars, glistening synths and lo-fi electronic beats to croon over.
Cuts like ‘Close Your Eyes’ and ‘Douse the Flames’ recall the nostalgic pop of New Buy and The Treatment, atmospheric and driving in equal evaluate. As substantially as Szetho generates layered, textural sonic worlds on these tracks, they’ve also got a defined sense of rhythm to them melancholic cuts that dart between the dancefloor and by itself in one’s room.
“These eight hazy pop tracks are the end result of all of my earlier activities and influences,” Szetho says of Somewhere Like Paradise. “This is the album I have often wanted to make, which is why it was essential for me to challenge myself to compose, produce, blend and conceptualise the complete challenge from commence to complete.”
Listen to Someplace Like Paradise in complete underneath.