Review: ‘Purple Skies’ by Acidic Base

Written by on 24 January 2019

Disclaimer: There’s quite a twist to this album and review, so just wait for it.

While I’m not exactly what you would call an electronic aficionado or even much of a consumer of the genre, “Purple Skies” was quite enjoyable and a nice, pleasant listen in its mellowness while achieving a non-pretentious complexity. During an especially hectic hour at work, I was able to hit play and let the tracks take me to a more peaceful, happier place than my work would normally allow me to be. It actually made work a lot less work-like and more like a mini vacay.

The laidback “Purple Skies” is the epitome of a soundtrack where you can put on your headphones, kick your feet up and let the sounds mellow you out. The debut album of Acidic Skies, it combines a variety of global influences and themes to make for one cohesive listen. “Purple Skies’” gumbo of sounds is at the essence of making it a universal album that non-electronic heads can enjoy just as much as its hardcore fans.

“Blurred” was the track that stood out the most to me as it was more electrifying, more amped up and did a really good job of differentiating itself from the pack. Fueled by a bit more agitation and a higher frequency, its placement in the middle of album was the perfect position to break up the overall tone of the album and provide additional depth.

According to Acidic Base, “You will observe my love for improvisation directly in numbers like ‘Halcyon’ and ‘Mountain Face.’My musical work, Chernobyl, is a 2-part composition as a tribute to [the] Chernobyl disaster. The 8 min + piece tries to tell the story from the start of the event to the aftermath, followed by massive radioactive mutations. While composing based on themes, I have tried to adapt it to Electronic EDM styles.”

Pretty deep and poignant, right? Yeah, of course, but, that’s not even the best part. The kicker of it all — the sound, the genius and the magic behind Acidic Base — is actually 12-year-old Siddharth Goswami. Bet you were surprised by that one. I know I definitely was. I listened to the entire album, and then discovered a 12-year-old 8th grader had the natural musical ability, agility and aptitude to not only put together an album, but one at this level. I never in a million years would’ve believed a pre-teen could put together a project of this magnitude.

After this album, what’s next for the boy wonder? “I see myself working more on complex and dynamic themes in some of my next few releases,” said Acidic Base. Good answer, young man, and job well done on a debut album that artists twice your age could only hope to accomplish. For more on Acidic Base and to witness the precocious “Purple Skies” for yourself, visit the website.


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