Starchild & The New Ro­man­tic Lan­guage

Ghostly In­ter­na­tional

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an­guage is the sparkling de­but al­bum from New York based, Mary­land born 23-year-old Bryn­don Cook who records as Starchild & The New Ro­man­tic. The sen­su­ous elec­tro and silky R&B that pro­vide the record’s back­bone comes with a heart­bro­ken sen­si­tiv­ity and un­de­ni­able twinge of sad­ness. Cook’s im­pres­sive vo­cal range melts into a de­li­cious synth-soul pal­ette, leav­ing emo­tions to sim­mer away with in­ten­sity. Wooz­ing synths, whirring drum ma­chines, lightly squelch­ing basslines, lilt­ing gui­tar lines, fre­netic keys, warm melodies and lush pads col­lide to cre­ate an at­mos­phere so molten you can feel its warm glow slid­ing down your spine. Ooz­ing so­phis­ti­ca­tion, Lan­guage breezes through an end­lessly shift­ing sound­scape with both con­fi­dence and clar­ity. Mov­ing through elec­tro, R&B, funk, soul and synth-pop and em­brac­ing el­e­ments of jazz, hip-hop and gospel, Cook delves deep into the roots of Amer­i­can mu­sic while find­ing his own for­ward-think­ing sound. Laid­back groove sits next to en­er­getic, driv­ing tracks that up the tempo with con­sum­mate ease. De­spite the com­plex­ity and lin­ger­ing dark­ness, Cook cre­ates a sound­scape full of life, fun and pound­ing hu­man emo­tions. Bold, brave and self-as­sured for his age, as he grows as an artist, Starchild & The New Ro­man­tic’s po­ten­tial knows no lim­its.


Lan­guage, Black Di­a­mond, Doubts| 9/10

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