October 17, 2020 § Leave a comment

I am finally getting close to finishing my 7th album, and if all goes according to plan it will be released in May 2021 (6 months are needed between delivery of the master and the actual release to allow for all preparations). It is now 90% composed with all production ideas in place and tested through tons of demo recordings, though the actual recording hasn’t happened yet, since I am following to an extreme degree the method I started using on A flame my love, a frequency: I want to record everything live with as little editing as possible, and this time I have pushed rehearsing the songs again and again to a more extreme degree, since it’s the first time I’ve really had to play keyboards.

This decision is philosophical, aesthetic and practical: I want the album to be live to reflect its emotionally raw content, but quite simply I also know that joining keyboard parts that go through heavy Space Echo delay or crazy Moog Grandmother modulation is simply not going to work – it will really have to be seamless from the start.

One of the things I realised these past few weeks is that this is the first album that really reflects *all* of my influences, it happened naturally, and I didn’t notice it at first because I’m only using one melodic instrument, which really unifies the wholeAs I know that some of you discovered my music fairly recently, I thought I’d do a mix retrospective so you can get to listen again to the mixes I was invited to do for each one of my albums! Kicking off with my first ever mix for the release of “Everyone alive wants answers” in May 2003! Hope you enjoy these!

Gamelan Degung “Catrik” – Java – Sunda Country (Ocora)

Terry Riley “Poppy Nogood” (Ancient Word Music – Bmi)

Mulatu Astatqe “Yekermo Sew” Ethiopiques 4 (Buda Musique)

The Caretaker “Date With An Angel” (V/Vm Test)

Chet Baker “My Funny Valentine” (Blue Note / Capitol)

My Bloody Valentine “No More Sorry” (Creation)

Novisad “Einsam” (Tomlab)

Sun Ra “Rocket # 9” (Evidence)

Autechre “Rae” (Warp)

Vietnam – Music Of The Montagnards “Hani” (Le Chant Du Monde)

Joy Division “Insight” (Factory)

The Supremes  “My World Is Empty Without You”(Motown)

2003 press photo by Sophie Mandon.

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