FAM. My jaw has dropped several times listening to this new Sam Gellaitry album. After a series of EPs titled Escapism, Escapism II and Escapism III, the Scottish-based electronic musician comes through with a stellar, futuristic new 12-track album titled Viewfinder, Vol 1: Phosphene. It’s one of the craziest projects I have heard come out this year. The compositions on this record are masterful and other-worldly.
The album starts off with a slow, gentle opener with “Flares,” then explodes into some futuristic, Fly Lo and Thundercat inspired crazy composition on “Viewfinder.” The album continues with that same incredible sound throughout, with intense, smooth and glitchy production that is absolutely crazy. “Neptune” features keys that slowly merge with synth leads that provide energy and a whole lot of dynamism before slowly mellowing out to a chill outro. The compositions are beautiful, as the tracks change mood, tempo and rich with texture and layers. “Embark” is beautiful in its structure, and the amount of depth you feel through the instrumentation is just incredible. The album ends with “Explanation” and “Resolution,” two bass-heavy tracks that conclude the album brilliantly. Again, with fierce, gorgeous melodies that are just everything right now.
This album is phenomenal and among the best I’ve heard this year so far. Listen to Sam Gellaitry’s new project Viewfinder, Vol 1: Phosphene below via Spotify, and don’t forget to support!