“Champion Music for the Heartbroken.” That’s how Bryndon Cook, who records as Starchild, describes his first EP for Ghostly. It’s easy to hear what he means: over the course of the record’s 30 minutes, Starchild creates songs that draw equally on electro and R&B, with silky sheets of synth cascading over rubbery bass lines. And at the centre of every one of them is an undeniable twinge of sadness.
Originally from Maryland, he moved to New York with "a head full of Prince bootlegs and Sade records" and there his college roommate was Ghostly artist Lord RAJA. The two formed a fast, close friendship, A longtime fan of Lightspeed Champion, he received encouragement from Dev Hynes, with whom he’d eventually collaborate. “Dev never overthinks things in his approach to music,” he says. “It’s great to see someone who, time and time again, can remind you of your ability to: let go.” He received similar encouragement from Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift. “He might have been the first person, outside of my family, to extend an unconditional love and interest in my future,” he says. It was Wimberly who introduced Starchild to Solange, who would soon recruit him for her touring band.
Starchily's debut LP comes out this year on Ghostly International.