LA Producer Adult Karate Drops Electric New Single "Del Mar"
Los Angeles producer and singer-songwriter K.C. Maloney isn't settling for one-note ballads or radio-ready anthems. As Adult Karate, he juggles endlessly interesting soundscapes that seem to lay suspended above dark synth and below discordant post-rock. This act of genre-bending, this musical form of divine intervention, results in swirling arrangements you won't soon forget.
Gearing up to release his new album, Del Mar, Adult Karate just premiered its title track over on Billboard. The song opens with a hypnotic indie rhythm, layers of rolling tropical-tinged strums and thumps of rumbling percussion looping beneath Maloney's dreamy, distant vocals. A minute in, fellow LA singer-songwriter Adaline offers her own sweetened, but slightly ghostly, vocals, appearing then disappearing quickly, like an apparition. That's really what the song feels like anyway; a fleeting electronic romp alive behind closed eyes but gone once you open them and are plunged back into the monotony of reality. It's otherworldly.
"Del Mar" is vibrant, sharp in its swollen synth instrumentation and gaining color courtesy of the breathy harmony and jolts of aggressive percussion. The tone is dark and moody, though, creeping along and never faltering in its murky dance beat that throbs relentlessly. Overall, the track is a wildly addictive club anthem to get lost in, a sort of sonic abyss you tumble through as the arrangement grows more desperate and jarring.