Radio People, ‘Hazel’ (Mexican Summer)
Maybe only someone from Cleveland could make an album so cosmically yearning. Taking his wide-eyed cues from Tangerine Dream (before Hollywood got a hold of them) and Vangelis (after Hollywood got a hold of him), Ohio stargazer Sam Goldberg sets his synths and sequencers moving in slow, graceful arcs. Drift away with the music and melodic patterns emerge to mesmerize; put your feet back on earth and the ?burbles still signify as uncommonly emotional ambience. It’s almost a letdown when Goldberg sings on album closer “Patience” — Hazel‘s space-scapes already sounded perfectly human without him.