Kinack – Ondas

“Zack Slavkin was born in Orange County, California, moved to Denver, Colorado at the age of 15 and at the age of 18, decided to graduate high school early and begin traveling the world.
Up and coming in the Downtempo scene, he dons the handle Kinack and lets loose natural flowing instrumentals, samples and MIDI, all mixed into a mirror of sound. This mirror reflects nature’s glistening beauty, crisp atmosphere, and all his experiences in-between.
Taking after his artist influences Emancipator and Bonobo, Kinack features live instrumentation accompanied by MIDI and samples. The young self-taught producer has been working with Reason production software all the way up to his first album, Ondas.” [from last.fm]

I downloaded this album awhile back right when it was released but haven’t gotten around to listening to it or reviewing it until just now. I had high hopes for it they were pretty much satisfied. I got something that sounded like a mixture of Helios, Tycho, and Bonobo and I’ve got to say: I like it.

This album doesn’t really bring anything new to the game, but that doesn’t mean its not good. It’s got the chilled out drums, the plucky acoustic guitar, and the nice melodies one would expect from a good downtempo album, and for a lot of people that’s all they are really looking for when they listen to something of this flavour, and that’s perfectly fine.

He has the album up for $4.99 on bandcamp, and I had got the album when he briefly had it set as “choose your price”. For some odd reason he thinks people are going to buy his album (lol) but if you ask around I’m sure you can find a copy of it.

I liked this album but it never really captivated me at any points or had anything WOWing, but that is just my opinion I guess. The production is airtight but the songwriting feels lacking.

Rating: 6.5/10

– Trelt

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