Spread across 17 tracks, Close Up is a sprawling piece of work filled with a wide-ranging band of emotions. The album was recorded over the last few years as a direct response to the passing of Saldate's mother, and he used the recording process as a healing vehicle, crafting beautiful soundscapes as a means of emotional preservation.
His connection to the LA beat scene—Saldate interned at Stones Throw and is an integral member of High-Fidelity Records—also informs the album, its swirling atmospherics are bookended by loose, swinging beats and a certain rawness that is central to the LA sound. Close Up is a standout debut and one that leaves us salivating for more from the young producer.
With the release out tomorrow on 12" and digitally, Alpha Pup and Saldate have offered up a full stream of the LP below.