Kalaido is the lofi outlet of Portland-based composer/producer Phoenix Glendinning. He creates his melodic, instrumental hip hop sound by blending an array of live instruments, field recordings, and VSTs, drawing on his background in soundtrack music to create original compositions around his beats. With influences ranging from orchestral music and jazz to ambient and Chinese traditional music, Kalaido weaves a tapestry of sound that goes beyond the norms of background study music, and invokes an engaging world of sound which combines eastern and western musical styles.
He made his debut release Moonlit Tales with College Music in December 2018, and has followed that with a series of singles and remixes throughout the following years, contributing to labels such as Hip Dozer, Night Time Stories, and United Common Records. His second full-length release, Ghosts of the Floating World, released in April 2021 with Lofi Girl. In 2022-23 Kalaido has performed live shows playing alongside acts such as Vicky Farewell and Kennebec, utilizing a set-up of live electronics and drum kit.
In addition to Kalaido, Phoenix releases orchestral soundtrack music under his name Phoenix Glendinning, and has contributed original OSTs to video games Leaving Lyndow (2017) and Eastshade (2019).
B1. Drifting Smoke
B2. Path Through the Tall Grass