Vondelpark: "California Analog Dream"
London-based Vondelpark is Lewis Rainsbury (vocals, production, bass, guitar, keys), Alex Bailey (bass), and Matt Law (keys). Their debut album, Seabed, will be released by R&S Records (In Order to Dance) on April 2nd.
Their sound is surprisingly mature for such a young bandall of the members are in their very early 20sbut I really shouldn’t be surprised: Listening to their aptly titled “California Analog Dream,” I’m reminded of fellow Londoners SBTRKT, the XX, and James Blake, all of whom have cultivated distinct, sophisticated sounds that belie their age. This music is understated, restrained, and undeniably smooth, but still manages a deep and soulful groove.
If “California Analog Dream” is too radio-friendly for your taste, try also “Dracula,” which combines lush electronics, a gentle break beat, and reverberant vocals for a listening experience that’s as lulling as it is intriguing.