Shlohmo: for your parachuting-over-pristine-alpine-lakes playlist
By Sonny Forrest
Shlomo is a relatively common Hebrew name meaning “God’s peace.” But Shlohmo is a producer whose sound illustrates roughly the same thing (whether or not you believe in God, G-d, or god, just follow me here for a minute).
The Los Angeles-based producer has a penchant for smattering his tracks with melodic gibberish and a zigging high-hat click. The blend congeals like a puddle doused with oil, blossoming inimitable colors and shapes that beckon passersby to stop and admire for a little while. The swaying tempo and haunting echoes evoke an air of triumphant melancholy. But it’s not sad. It’s music suited for epic imagery; think of a snowboarder launching out of a helicopter, outrunning an avalanche in slow motion.
Below, I’ve embedded a couple newer tracks, mostly remixes, from Shlohmo’s SoundCloud. You can find his Laid Out EP (2013) on the homepage playlist.