Words by Henry Anthony-DuScheid
Klasey Jones new EP “Starlight One” oozes with late night, neon signs advertising OPEN LATE, and alone on the highway under the stars. The project’s cover of anime characters with an 80s/Akira-esc aesthetic in front of multi-colored skyscrapers that fill up the futuristic city that Jones inhabits. Jones portrays himself as the sunglass wearing wandering protagonist who surveys the nocturnal city with wary eyes.
Starlight One is full of hauntingly spacious, moving basslines that lend themselves to studying to party wind down to walking at dusk. The EP combines synthwave production like Kavinsky’s keystone Nightcall along with instrumentation and waxing vocal harmonies like Sam Gellaitry.
Tracks That Stood Out:
Told You So is one of the stronger tracks that has an arpeggio synth in the beginning that progresses into a light melody that complements the pulsating bass underneath.
Sharimar has bright notes leading building vocal groans, synthesizer swells dipping in and out that begin to slow down and drift out into the background.
Vertical Loops is the last song on Starlight One. It’s a strong, upbeat ending to a slower rolling vibe of the previous 5 songs. The tangy plucks flow between bass bumps and bright synths that mix together so smoothly!