(If you like: Chet Faker, Cherub, Milky Chance)
You hear the name Chet Faker, and for fans of the nu-singer/songwriter, crystallized R&B flavours matched with minimalist electro-pop textures come to mind, as he gracefully croons stories and emotions overtop. So its of no surprise when Australian musician Cleopold signed with Faker’s label Detail Records to release his debut Altitude & Oxygen EP.
Available today, Altitude & Oxygen is a 5-track collection of Cleopold’s original material, but with an uncanny resemblance to Faker. Needless to say, fans will find an enjoyable sense of familiarity with the new album, although the tracks are all brand new.
Cleopold shared his heart-broken neo-R&B single “Down in Flames” in January of last year, giving listeners a sense of what was to come in 2016. Although the lead single was sombre and bleak in substance, his desire to create slick, danceable electro-R&B gives the song about heart break a pulse. He stays true to his vision of groovy hooks and silky vocal delivery, opening with the funky and irresistable “Not Coming Down”, and moving into the soulful “Space Between” for a dominating first taste.
Cleopold brings out more of his electronic production for the instrumental interlude “Cleveland”, before closing the album off with the Cherub-meets-Chromeo single “Scarlet”.
Throughout the EP, he makes sure to put groove and melody first, letting his laissez-faire, soft vocals fall back for the sake of dance music. And just as Chet Faker has became a prominent name in the futuristic genre, Cleopold is on the right tracks to do the same.
Head to his website to grab a copy of Altitude & Oxygen, and catch Cleopold on tour.
6/15 New York, NY – Neon Gold Popshop @ Baby’s Alright
6/16 Dover, DE – Firefly Music & Arts Festival
6/17 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/AlunaGeorge)
6/18 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club (w/AlunaGeorge)
6/21 Miami, FL – Slap & Tickle and Bardot (DJ set)
6/23 Chicago, IL – East Room
6/24 Austin, TX – Terminal @ Empire Control Room (w/Azizi Gibson)
6/25 San Francisco, CA – Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop (w/Jessy Lanza)
6/26 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
6/27 Los Angeles, CA – It’s A School Night @ Bardot