Last Day Deaf
The ‘citizen’ behind Sulkin’ Raven moniker is named Kevin De Nicolo, and ‘Steppin’‘ is his latest sonic adventure. His unique sonic canvas containes “flakes” of chiptune, chillwave, psych, indietronica just to name a few. This track is an ideal companion for the hazy summer nights, with melodies ready to seep into your brain. Among the most notable warp sounds of 2019. Laid-back euphoria…
Come Here Floyd
Kevin De Nicolo is the mind behind SULKIN’ RAVEN. An electronica edged, ambience exercise in indie-rock based testimonies and lyrics. “After almost a year with no new music, this is my return but with a new edge, vocals,” said Kevin. “This is my first ever public track featuring myself on lead vocals. Its also my first track that is mostly synthwave inspired with some lo-fi and chip-tune elements.Its also the first track from my upcoming debut album.”
Sulkin’ Raven’s intricate and delicately woven, glitchy atmospheric electronica flows from a well of ambient sounds and splashed with subtle grooves and melodies, and charming computer game synths and 8-bit sounds – fine and fascinating fare lavishly showcased on recent EPs; Summer Flowers 1.0 & Strange Days + Other Voices. Sulkin’ Raven is back again with a suitably gorgeous single ‘On The Beach’.
A great lover of musical experiments, a favorite of twitch.tv users, American musician Kevin De Nicolo, known as the Sulkin 'Raven project, continues to delight with interesting music and this weekend presented his new single “Steppin'”.
I have already written about his music combining elements of synthwave, chiptune, psych-rock, and ambient several times before, and on this new product the combination of voice processed with effects, guitar solos and beats made on gameboys sounds absolutely incredible.
Queen City Sound and Art
Sulkin’ Raven’s “Run” has a melodic progression that turns on a fine emotional line like you’re moving headlong forward while scenes and experiences stream by you as though you’re the one doing the running from awkward situations and failures. The chiptune synths toward the end of the song mixed with the dreamlike tone of the composition is reminiscent of something Depreciation Guild might have done and with the same melancholic and surreal overtones but darker in a way. The song feels like the soundtrack to a new Inio Asano graphic novel but one that ends inconclusively rather than in the sinister places Asano sometimes takes his work. Even though the beat is consistent throughout with an even pace it serves as the song’s anchor and the dynamic qualities are found in the expressive guitar work in sync with dispassionate but introspective vocals and beautifully composed synth lines that take you to an otherworldly place that you’d rather be than trapped in a place in your head that seems to make everything impossible. In the end the song strikes one as a vehicle for using imagination and creativity to transform the energy of emotional paralysis and self-loathing into something productive. Listen to “Run” on Soundcloud and follow Sulkin’ Raven at the links below.
A couple of chilled tracks that take most of their strength from the synths at the forefront from Sulin’ Raven and Kloyd.
Sulkin’ Raven is Kevin De Nicolo from North Hollywood, California. I’m not sure what to do if one knows a raven is sulking. Just leave them be until their ready to caw, I guess. Anyhow, this Sulkin’ Raven specialises in combining elements of synthwave, chiptune, psych-rock, and ambient music. And that’s what we get on this instrumental version of single Steppin’. There’s a bunch of chiptune from the use of two Gameboys to create the backbeat. And everything has a wonky, hazy feel from the use of synths that are layered with tape wear effects. The track acquires a dreamlike quality accentuated by the filtered guitars. THis is stepping into another world of digital widescreen. A pixelated cowboy synth adventure. On the trail of the lonesome byte.