Artist: Kid Claude
Title: Piece Of Mind
Label: Virtual Ground
Cat #: VGA004
Release Date: 12/02/2021
Piece of Mind is a second album composed by Kid Claude, almost two years after his last release, Yellow.
Piece of Mind moves through different genre inspirations but there is an overall distinct synth sound, a nostalgic and raw Moog texture that keeps it together. Occasionally, you can hear footwork inspiration in a opening track „Werk“ or noticeable and aggressive change in „Kloser“ that resembles western hardcore music.
The repetitive melodies are being slowly transformed to give a feeling of escalation and a space where listener can sketch a story of his own. Kid Claude balances the dark or upbeat moments with slower and placatory interlude tracks in between to make you feel at ease for a moment and then surprise again. Very rarely you will hear a voice in these mostly organic compositions, but there are few moments where a sampled recording was used to create a distorted melody to accompany the track or to take you away from the music for a moment.
The album is also portrayed visually by a great 3D artist, Elliot Roberts, also a Virtual Ground representative. The cover embodies mostly abstract but weirdly attractive objects, relative to the album which consists of tracks sometimes really different from each other although all connected by the same similarities.