Published Aug 19, 2015After leaving Dirty Projectors in 2012, Angel Deradoorian lent her hand to a number of projects, guesting on albums by the Roots, Flying Lotus and Brandon Flowers (while joining Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks group). Electing to collaborate with others before rushing in to record her first full-length helped Deradoorian widen her musical palette, one that's grown in flavour and scope since the release of her debut EP, Mind Raft.
On The Expanding Flower Planet, Deradoorian melds atmospheric dance beats with world music melodies, crafting a sound reminiscent of early Sinéad O'Connor. Weaving spacey vocals through pulsating synths and programmed beats, Deradoorian allows tracks like "Komodo," "DarkLord" and "Ouneya" to come off adventurous and challenging, but always sleek and stylish. Deradoorian's songwriting pulls together colliding ideas and sounds, and it works on the eccentric and restless The Expanding Flower Planet. (Anticon)