On August 28th, Silicon, aka Kody Nielson, will release his debut album Personal Computer on Weird World. Today, he has released a new video for single “Burning Sugar” – which originally premiered on Stereogum. The video was directed by both Nielson and Ralph Brown.
Personal Computer is an electronica record that pits Nielson’s soul, funk and disco influenced songwriting against a backdrop of noir sonics, potentially calling to mind the varied likes of Flying Lotus, Panda Bear and Daft Punk in the process, as well as that of the project of Nielson’s brother Ruban, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, with whom Kody co-wrote and co-produced the new album Multi-Love and who was also his former band-mate in cult New Zealand punk group The Mint Chicks.
While there are traces of his previous work to be found in the sounds of Silicon, ultimately this latest work of Nielson’s could be seen as reminiscent of the music he made before the Mint Chicks came into existence. It’s a return to a self-contained mode. Cultivating his own distinct brand, Silicon has been introduced by the stylings of lead single “God Emoji” where electronic sounds meet harmonized vocals. The aesthetic comes together with “Burning Sugar”, a melody that Kody explored on previous solo release Devils.
The release of Personal Computer will be augmented by a series of twenty-nine paintings of Kody’s ‘Emoji’ icon, which adorn the artwork, and will subsequently be exhibited in New York and London, and made available for sale after the album’s release. The Silicon live experience, which has already manifested itself in the U.K. and Europe, will not be subscribing to the usual dreary linear path that is the default mode of the less imaginative.
Personal Computer will be available via Weird World on limited edition deluxe 12″ colored vinyl including booklet of all the Personal Computer artwork created by Kody Nielson, standard 12″ vinyl, CD and digital download.