Boomkat Product Review:
Sam Goldberg's Radio People project delivers its highest profile album to date, on Mexican Summer. 'Hazel' is heavily laden with the kind of heart-wrenching chord changes and imbued with the depth of field which made his Digitalis debut and successive chapters for Pizza Night such collectible items. To distinguish his Radio People from works under his own name, there's less of the pastoral foppishness here; it's all about cybertopian dreamscapes and gazing through the glass-bottomed hull of his space cruiser. A-side ascends an updraft of knee-cocked guitar riffage and swirling arpeggios to the gliding height of 'A Vague Year', and two slow-motion beats-driven vistas in the poignant 'Blind Faith' and brief docking sequence 'The Maroon Lift'. Sam's pal from Emeralds, John Elliott clambers aboard for the aptly titled 'Anthem' at the album's apex, and we cycle through a series of sweeter vignettes to the heart-swell prog-gospel of 'Patience', bringing us to ground like a maple seed in the centre of a megatropolis.