KID606: Lost in the Game CD Tigerbeat6
The titles may be humorous on this latest album but a heck of it is a lot darker musically, none more so evident on the opening ‘Godspeed You African American Emperor’. With an initial chuckle at the nod to the 500-piece (or so it appears) artist this title parodies, what is immediately apparent is a more adult environment Miguel has conjured up, with spacious, futuristic ambient and emotional electronica.
Nothing is lost in transition as the air like pads filter through into the wonderful ‘Gimme Summer’, a gloriously warm simplistic jaunt that massages the coldest of hearts with a plethora of clouds gliding past a September sunlit sky.
When I say darker, it’s blatantly obvious that 606 has produced this album from an inkier place, where his thoughts have leaned somewhat towards contemplation. There is a feeling somewhere within the realms of this release that Miguel is looking back on what might have been, or that he has lost something or someone close to him; either way, the end result is something truly special.
Whilst being comprised of nothing but electronics from start to finish, thematically speaking this could be shelved next to the majority of output from say, Christian Fennesz, with a filtered quality that dissolves sound out of the speakers, rather than slices.
What is telling, is that a lot of past listeners of Kid606 might not initially take to heart what is on offer here. Indeed Miguel apologises for the alternate path he has chosen on this album within the sleeve notes. I don’t thoroughly understand the need to make any such justification, as in all honesty we are all human and we all travel various pathways on this journey we call life; it’s only natural that somewhere along the way we encounter transitional experiences such as this. ‘Lost in the Game’, is a thoroughly enjoyable adult affair, from start to finish.