Kylie Minogue And Fernando Garibay Surprise Fans With EP [Free Download]
Is there any other way to celebrate the start of the Kiss Me Once Tour without releasing some sort of gimmick for it? Kylie Minogue teased fans on opening day with a short film that premiered before the main show entitled “Sleepwalker.” The eight minute film was directed by William Baker and included three outtakes from her twelfth album’s recording sessions. Fernando Garibay¸ notable for his work with Lady Gaga, was one of many producers Minogue worked with for Kiss Me Once. Despite none of Garibay’s productions making the album, the duo felt the need to release it as a gift to the fans for free. Each song has its own magical spark to it, igniting an unusual sound for the pint sized Australian as the producer veers off the path of pop and into a darker territory.
“Glow” takes the lead with a haunting intro that further builds on with synths and moody lyrics that haven’t been heard since her Impossible Princess days. As the song unwinds, the namesake lyric repeats over itself and becomes a hypnotic mantra.
“Wait” begins with an angelic music box before bringing in drums and faint guitars to give it a reggae edge. The least impressive of the four tracks, but a strong competitor that deserved a shot at replacing Minogue’s duet with Enrique Iglesias on the album.
Minogue and Garibay created a perfect bittersweet dance anthem with “Break This Heartbreak.” Gloomy electropop takes over with an ethereal Kylie gradually becoming on par with Swedish sensation Robyn.
“Chasing Ghosts” was the only track from Kylie + Garibay performed live on tour via a backdrop and is the perfect end for a day at the beach. An unusual combination of pop and reggae is not common in Minogue’s work, but it’s a refreshing take that is reminiscent of her 2000 album, Light Years, that was largely shaped by disco, beach songs, and cocktails.
It’s easy to understand why the Garibay recordings were not included in the Aussie’s latest LP, as none of it can easily be inserted among the disco and pop recordings. Releasing it as a free download was the viable thing to do on opening night was a treat for fans, and the four track-EP grows more enjoyable with each listen.