New York based musician Caleb Giles comes through with a phenomenal new album titled Under The Shade. Having discovered him this year through his experimental and psychedelic music, I’ve been anticipating every release from him. This new project exceeds all expectations, and I’ll get to why in a second.
First off, the production throughout is absolutely stunning. The abstract drum patterns and ethereal notes on tracks like “Blxckberries” and “Roundtable” are fantastic. Synths, gorgeous keys and guitar leads dominate the soundscape of a lot of these records. “Sunshine” is a smooth track with a powerful guitar note that gives out such an emotive tone, man. It’s just beautiful. The beat on “Gather” absolutely slaps and the smooth, soulful “Syl’s Song” is profound too. Pink Siifu as usual kills the feature with a Gonjasufi-eque quirky delivery, while Caleb gives an introspective and personal verse. All of this is over a gorgeous beat featuring a stunning vocal sample and angelic keys. “Name” featuring Cleo Reed is stunning with it’s smooth and emotive guitar leads, while “What’s Mine” featuring Duendita and “Sunshine Reprise” are other stellar moments, with the former track having an ethereal, otherworldly aura, and the latter being a guitar-driven piece. The outro track is stellar as well, with amazing looped samples and lyrical themes of finding oneself, work and inner peace. The whole tape is an experience and I’m really happy Caleb Giles was able to come into his own on this album and release a stellar body of work.
Listen to Caleb Giles’ Under The Shade below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support!