Mocky dwells in his own musical universe, swathed in an air of mystery, and his unique vibe has charmed many a critic, fellow musician, and discerning fan.
His is a land of soul minimalism, his sparse, leisurely compositions drawing upon funk, Afro-beat, free jazz, classical, and whatever else might curry his flitting (but not fleeting) fancy. Dealing mostly in instrumentals, when Mocky injects words into the mix, he does so with a Nick Drake
-esque feather touch, in both his vocals and his lyrics. Born Dominic Salole in Saskatchewan, Canada, Mocky has lived the life of a nomad, alighting in Toronto and London before settling down in Berlin in the 2000s. Throughout the decade, he self-released an array of records while writing and producing for Feist
, Jamie Lidell
, Nikka Costa
, Jane Birkin
, and others. Saskamodie, released by Crammed Discs
in 2009, proved to be somewhat of a breakthrough record, earning him universally positive reviews and raves from Pitchfork and the BBC. He spent the next several years producing and co-writing with various acts, and in 2011 composed the soundtrack for the Chinese film UFO in Her Eyes. An experimental solo EP called The Graveyard Novellas was released in 2013, and two years later, following a move to Los Angeles, he delivered his full-length follow-up, the ambitious Key Change. ~ Jason Thurston, Rovi