Kodomo is classical music records he found randomly at a flea market and sampled here. But there’s nothing random about Kodomo’s arrangement of sparkling ambient electro, which has a mathematical precision to its arpeggiated synths patterns, distorted bass bends, and skittering beats that resembles a futuristic concerto from a robot symphony
Dark and brooding, this entire album flows seamlessly together, creating an audio masterpiece all of its own.
It slowly emerges into view out of the haze, before allowing a soft piano motif to come alongside. Everything is hushed and the reverb so omnipresent that you feel as if you breath too heavily it’s gossamer structure will be broken forever.
Mostly instrumental, Kodomo occasionally finds himself in more classifiable ares like post-rock, dub or funk, though these moments are fleeting at best, and he relies primarily on a progressive and atypical equation of electronica that uses pianos and acoustic guitars amid an arsenal of synthetic noise
Lots of long buildups & breakdowns, gradual progressions, and general electronic epicness. RIYL Jon Hopkins
Electronic musician Chris Child spent eight years of his childhood in Japan and those days remain a strong influence on him almost three decades later
Patterns & Light is a record that explores both ends of electronica, everything from creek-water ambience to swiftly-moving breakbeat. This is a sound that reaches from enchanted wandering in tall grass fields like Bonobo, to the deeply troubled post-rock muffled guitar of Lymbyc Systym
His projections of nature and intricate compositions really allowed me to let loose and free the spirit within. To be lost dancing in my own little world, I can think of few finer ways to end an evening.
This is incredibly precise stuff: every fluctuation of every note has been attended to
The result is hip-hop beats, classical moments and ’80s New Wave all meeting in an ambient and melodic fashion, succeeding in analog and digital proficiency that few could emulate.
Patterns & Lights’ sees Child continuing to build glacially elegant and rhythmically detailed arrangements, though there’s a discernibly dancefloor-centring aesthetic lurking beneath many of the twelve tracks
Definitely on the more melodic/rhythmic end of the Warp Records-influenced spectrum
What came from that is a vast array of ethereal textures derived from Bach, Shubert, Debussy and Chopin that Child simply re-contextualized before adding some more flavor with some incredible synth work.
There’s still that attention to detail which makes Kodomo’s tracks so interesting. But this album has a more obvious balance between electronics and neo-classical structures, especially apparent in the use of piano. There’s an awareness of the world that permeates the music, in ways more profound than simply using a Japanese word for your output.
Patterns & Light by Brooklyn-based electronica artist Kodomo is doing it right. He has put together an ambient opus that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
Patterns & Light provides a more-than-pleasurable listen, and the album clearly shows Child to be a gifted technician and producer
The new LP is a masterpiece in modern IDM, consisting of re-contextualized samples, mostly of the classical variety, found at various record stores and flea markets in Brooklyn, his new home
From the strange glitch-based softcore drum n bass of of “Red Giant,” to the minimal sound installation of “Orange Ocean,” the chill out of “Infinity Divided” and Trip Hop lethargically electro of “Holographic,” these songs will embody you with a new sense of reality.
"Orange Ocean," was given remix treatment by Anstam (who toured with Modeselektor and is on their label), who turns the IDM into something murkier and heavier
Beginning with a playful bell melody and a set of light pads, Loscil's rework gradually opens up, its elements expanding the sonic field as reverb and delay are added to nearly every corner of the track's dense aural landscape
If warm contemplative synths are something you're in the market for, stay a while. The water is fine.
Mind Like a Diamond is another great IDM track. A little bit darker than usual, with clattering, skippy beats and that Japanese air that permeates so much of his work. Class.
Brooklyn’s own Kodomo sounds like he stems from the more relatable side of the clicks + cuts camp, especially on his new “Mind Like a Diamond” single.
There’s an awareness of the world that permeates the music
Chris Child, recording as Kodomo, takes a sound-set steeped in the ordinary noises of everday life and kneads them into new shapes to put together in this constantly shifting, always engaging CD. Heavy on the jerky rhythms of glitch and, as noted, giving deep debt to dubstep, Frozen in Motion is stocked full of ear-catching moments
The momentum of the initial composition on Frozen In Motion will immediately bring listeners in to Kodomo’s psyche. A chattering, busy sort of sound works alongside atmospheric compositions, moving to a slower and more deliberate feel after the break.
The remix of September Sun by Lumia is a perfect introduction to Kodomo, as it will immediately showcase the emotive force that are typically present in his recordings. I personally like the seemingly conflicting electronic feel and heaviness that is established here...
Child combines gritty electronics, sweeping soundscapes and acoustic components, and if the mood is fairly subdued throughout, his well defined soundscapes contribute to the album’s overall cinematic feel. Child appears much more confident here. He is more daring in his sound choices and finds a much more personal voice, away from beaten tracks.
I thought the tracks last time were good, this is an improvement. Less bound by the reference points. Perfect for Ambient Sunday.
Et on termine avec notre ami Kodomo, on en a déjà parler, j’aime beaucoup pour ma part et le voici revenir avec un nouvel EP : September Sun. Toujours dans un esprit ultra IDM avec des nappes sublimes et un côté glitch parfaitement intégré, ce nouvel EP est une petite perle. Une track originale et 3 remixs de Shigeto, Lumia et Symbion Project, le tout pour un ensemble relaxant et prenant. Ca sort le 25 Octobre, en attendant, vous pouvez écouter l’originale ! Translation: And we finish with our friend kodomo, we've talked about him before, he's back with a new EP. The remixes demonstrate the spirit of IDM, incorporating sublime textures and glitchy beats. It is an absolute jewel, both relaxing and mesmerizing.
Hajime has more of the Boards of Canada crossed with Orbital feel. It is held together by a slow piano melody, which uses the sad effects of Moby on Play. A superior track.
Frozen In Motion" es un álbum espectacular, un trabajo que se basa en la captura de sonidos de la vida urbana diaria, ya sean sonidos de metros, calles, puentes o tráfico y se le manipula y se le agregan bases electrónicas, armonías ambientales y escapes de sonido. Kodomo es una interesante propuesta en la que se saben conjugar elementos muy orgánicos y se les hace sonar plásticamente. Disfrútenlo
Not unlike a missed gem from early Groove Armada cutting room floor, Child has taken the conventional rules of electric and trip hop music and sprinkled his own artistic flurry to make it his own.
From danceable but cerebral tracks to out-and-out ambient, "Still Life" is an open-sounding twilight of aural auras, an exercise in mood(s). The visual tie-in brings a new dimension to it, and it makes perfect sense.
Natürlich fehlt es nicht am elektronischen Pep. Schon beim ersten Titel fängt mein Herz wieder an zu pochen; Hajime ist ein wunderschönes Lied, ein grandioser Einstiegstitel in das neue Album!
A review from the German Mac Magazine "Seven Mac"
An interview with Impose Magazine about inspiration and growing up in Japan
An interview with Big Up Magazine
An interview with the online music marketing and development company Seeds of Music.
An interview with Buenos Aires based magazine Panachic
An interview with the magazine Neufutur
Chris Child speaks with Death + Taxes on his second Kodomo album “Frozen Motion”
An interview in “The Hidden People” online magazine from my show in Barcelona.