Kodomo – Divider EP
Kodomo’s “Divider EP” offers a truly immersive experience, one that sculpts surreal worlds that teem with life. Right at the center of everything beats drive the songs forward. Moments appear reminiscent of Jake Mandell’s singular vision with melodies swimming through such dense fields. Stylistically Kodomo draws from a wide variety of genres ranging from ambient to IDM to dance with a little bit of psychedelic thrown in for good measure. By offering such a diverse array the songs provide a warm to them.
Ambient layering occurs on the collection opener, the stately work of “Emergence”. Things truly begin with the tension filled world of “Strike”. Quite ornate the buildup feels beautiful while it seemingly tries to float towards the surface. Beneath the arpeggios, a darker almost sinister bass rumble prevents it from ever going too far. Much more spacious “Son” allows for a multitude of tender moments with beats that recall early Boards of Canada tracks, alongside a nostalgia-hued melody. Forgoing a traditional tempo, the naturalistic “Storm King” unfurls with such grace. Playful to its very core “HEL” feels nearly geometric with its careful adherence to a dreamy swirl of gorgeous keys interacting in a spirited fashion. Introspective with its slow-moving approach “Descent” offers a more somber feeling. Ending everything on a high note the luxurious “Numbers” brings the collection to a triumphant close.
With the “Divider EP” Kodomo delivers a spellbinding vision, one full of such joy and optimism.