How do you cover as much of the history of electronic music on a 5-song EP, while keeping everything on the pop side of things? If in doubt, you may ask Brooklyn artist Paul Feder or listen to his latest EP Nightwalk.
That is exactly what Feder seems to be trying to do here, and he actually got quite close to it. Of course, we are talking about the electro-pop side of things, and Feder’s love of all things Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, but also their inspirations, Kraftwerk in the first place, too.
Yet, almost somewhere in the background, Feder, also ventures into the indietronica and ambient side of things, giving the five songs here enough depth to keep them above most of the electro fare that crops up in any shape and form these days.
While this is actually Feder’s debut release, years of previous experience he had with sitar-infused electronic band Charcole Federation and vocoder synthpop project Pico Fermi show throughout.
While the subtle shifts give the songs here much needed depth, Feder’s vocoder vocals give them the needed unifying factor, without being either overly pronounced or making the songs monotonous in any manner.
Nightwalk turns out to be an intriguing and promising electro-pop debut and fans of the genre should be on the lookout for Feder’s further ventures.