Mochi Robinson explores the world of memory in Nostalgia I
Philly multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Mochi Robinson describes his vibe as “somewhere between a stank-face and a serenade,” and that couldn’t be more evident on his new project Nostalgia I.
The eight-track collection straddles moments of sublime beauty (the ambient-tinged “Isolated Solace”), grimy grooves (the big-beat bravado of “Porthpean” featuring drummer Tom Mcvey), and moments in between (the breathtaking D’Angelo-esque closer “You Say Goodbye,” with guest vocalist Amy Reader).
Robinson has been releasing beat tapes and one-off songs on Bandcamp since 2013, and this release is the first in a three-part series taking “a retrospective look at my childhood,” he says. It’s warm and comforting, but also outer-directed as well — while musical ventures into the world of memory can often feel like a layover in some distant fog, Robinson is firmly footed in the now and looking forward, fueled by all that came before; these songs are a representation of that, and one that sounds stunning on headphones.