To the average listener or music lover, “Retrogram” will most likely be heard and thought of as a really good and thought out Chillwave/Electronic album, with the potential to keep many fans of each genre engaged. Though I would agree with that as well, once you actually dig deeper into the project it is clear to see that Kinesus has even more potential than what could be originally thought of at first listen. Let’s start off with the very first track titled “Propulsion” and explain its importance to the album. Being that this track is the introduction to the listener, and a huge make-or-break factor when keeping potential fans engaged, I love the overall atmosphere that the song gives off from start to finish.
From the production standpoint, there is a lot going on with the numerous amounts of instruments and sounds going on periodically throughout the track which makes it feel very action-packed in a way and also really calm and chill at the same time which is an interesting thing to experience musically. After further diving in and coming across later tracks on the album, I grew very fond of songs like “Chasing Hearts” and “The War’s Not Over” due to both not only catching my attention for the original melodies, but also for the mainstream appeal as I could easily imagine a full-blown pop singer writing love songs to them both.
Overall, it is easy to realize that Kinesus took ample time with the production and mixing of each song displayed on this project which adds much deserved credibility to his discography. From a strictly artist standpoint, Kinesus does a really good job of creating vibes that each listener can get attached to with his trademark upbeat style that's also very mellow and chill.
One thing that I would encourage would be attempting to make more “traditional” productions that a song-writer could put lyrics over and structure a song to, as the songs on this project are great listening to with no lyrics needed, there is a ton of potential with Pop/Indie artists on these kind of tracks and could help diversify a producer as a whole. One thing that I would avoid doing in any future projects would be focusing too much on one mood throughout a body of work.
Although “Retrogram” actually does an awesome job at provoking different emotions throughout multiple tracks, it would be really cool to experience these sort of songs mixed in with more edgy deep-bass sounding productions as well. It will be interesting to see what is yet to come after this insightful 20-track album, and if you are a fan of anything Chillwave/Electronic be sure to keep in tune with the workings of Kinesus as I think his sound and style will eventually takeoff after further establishing a fanbase with consistent releases and interaction! I very much enjoyed “Retrogram” as a whole and really dig the album art as well which adds another great creative testament to the perception of the project!
Review Score: 8.5/10