Shlohmo has been a musician I have always admired and anticipated releases from. Since his incredible 2011 album Bad Vibes, the talented musician has been on my radar, releasing some interesting material. Nothing though, captured my imagination quite like his 2011 breakthrough, and with the release of his new album The End, I was anticipating to find a similar groove and spark I got from previous releases, and Shlohmo definitely doesn’t disappoint.
With The End I feel like the talented Los Angeles producer captures a meditative, spiritual tone that brings out such profound and reflective energy. “Hopeless” leads with dark, eerie synths and a rumbling bassline that gives the track an unsettling tone and energy, but with additional synths swooning throughout the track, it gives it an uplifting feeling. “Headache of the Year” is a heavy-metal inspired track that brings guitars to the forefront, with a rumbling, built-up energy that brings intensity, but like with “Hopeless” and other tracks on the album such as “The Best of Me” and “By Myself,” there is an air of optimism with the soundscapes he is able to produce. The dominant, uplifting synths throughout the album make this happen, and it’s great to be able to witness Shlohmo back on form with this new album.
Overall, this is an excellent body of work and I shall be replaying this for the foreseeable future. Listen to Shlohmo’s The End below on Bandcamp, and don’t forget to support! Released via Friends of Friends Music.