Christopher Dallman’s “Digital Blue” exists at the perfect crossroads between dance, synth pop, and rock to create a vivid soundscape unique his own. The playful melodies skitter about while his compositions run the emotional gamut from love to loss, handling it all with a tremendous sense of grace. All sound radiates from the resonant, soulful vocal style that has a deep, reassuring presence to it. Such an incredible array of melodies and textures emerge throughout helping to give the whole of the album so much color. Virtually saturated with neon-hued splendor, the pieces radiate with energy. Featuring smooth luxurious vocals, the album has a soulful heart with lyrics that feel carefully considered. Every track plays off the last resulting in something that feels akin to a grand journey for the tracks serve as chapters to an ever-larger story.
A plethora of references abound throughout the celebratory atmosphere. Nods to Postal Service’s urbane pop emerge throughout the entirety of the album. Beyond this, the electro influences sit front and center for there is a sincerity that neatly brings it all together. Röyksopp’s sense of tenderness and affectionate hues help to give the album such a graceful form. Melodically dense the rich luxurious atmosphere draws the listener into something truly spellbinding.
“Lightspeed” sets the tone for the album, with an economic groove that grows and expands up to the heavens. Great space and a distinctly minimal take runs through the whole of the meditative “How I Swim”. A subtle funk rolls through on one of the album highlights, the serene and soothing mix of “Highway Lines”. The dramatic flourishes of “No Sense in Regret” offers a clear-eyed intensity that feels so stunning, from the nimbleness of the percussion to the passionate vocals. Clever glitch effects work wonders on the futuristic pop of “Time of my Life”.
The delicate balance of “Digital Blue” has an almost jazz-like presence to it as the song has a cinematic flourish to it. Honeyed vocals merge flawlessly with the hyper-kinetic rhythms of “Butterfly”. Quite touching, the ornate buildup simply washes over the listener giving it a feeling of defiance, of overcoming any obstacle. Reflective to its very core is the low-key meditations of “So High”. Going for a chamber pop beauty “Faith for Damn” has a spaciousness to it while the mantra opts for a cyclical approach, becoming almost hypnotic. “I Believe in You” features an incredible web of melodies and poetic musings that merge into a stream of consciousness, neatly bringing the album to a close.
“Digital Blue” proves to be a joyous album full of little lovely moments and proving Christopher Dallman to be a sculptor of his own unique sonic universe.