The latest offering from Erased Tapes comes from the hands of two incredible composers, Ben Lukas Boysen and Sebastian Plano, who were brought together to compose the score for Everything, a video game created by Irish animator David O’Reilly’s and narrated by the late British philosopher Alan Watts. An interactive experience and simulation game, Everything lets the player explore everything. Whether it’s plants or animals or galaxies, the player can take the role of anything and simply be it.
“Composing something quite modular yet coherent that connects with the idea and fabric of the game was quite a task”, explained Boysen. “We discussed many approaches, from really mathematical and direct, to abstract and philosophical, and we ended up with a mixture of both. Every element depends and builds on another and connects to previous and following songs. May it be on a compositional or on an abstract and conceptual level, the game and the music follow the same path and shares almost the same inspirational DNA”.
Everything will be out physically on July 28th and ahead of it Boysen and Plano have shared a track from it, the magnificent ‘Winding and Unwinding’.
Orchestra Baobab have shared a video for ‘Fayinkounkoew’, the second single taken from their recently released album Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng. ‘Fayinkounko’ is an old Fula song from Guinea which the band arranged in the studio. Featuring live footage of performances old and new, the video coincides with the band’s current European tour, with remaining dates in France and Norway. Watch it now.
Maverick musician Keigo Oyamada, better known as Cornelius, is back with Mellow Waves, his first full-length album in 11 years. The effort comes out in his native Japan on June 28th and July 21st in the rest of the world. The wonderful news comes paired with the album’s opening track, ‘あなたがいるなら[If You’re Here]’, which only heightens our already huge anticipation. Cornelius is offering the track with a befittingly stunning video, directed by Koichiro Tsujikawa. Here it is.
This Friday will see the release of Penguin Cafe‘s new full-length album The Imperfect Sea, a dance record played with acoustic instruments.
The ensemble of Arthur Jeffes had already shared ‘Cantorum’, the first magnificent taste from the record. With only three days to go till the album drops, Penguin Cafe are enticing us again with the marvellous and radiant opening track, ‘Ricercar’. Listen to it now.
If you haven’t yet lent your ears to AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams), the new album from Oiseaux-Tempête, you are missing out. Released earlier this month, the record is the third and closing part of a trilogy preceded by 2013’s eponymous album and 2015’s ÜTOPIYA?. In support of the release, the French band are hitting the road today for a tour across France and Belgium.
Coinciding with it, Oiseaux-Tempête have unveiled a video for a new single from the album, the eerily enigmatic and entrancing ‘Bab Sharqi’, directed by Human Pattern. Check it out below.
AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams) is out now via Sub Rosa.
Toulouse’s Aquaserge are something very special and we simply can’t put down their recently released album Laisse ça être. On the back of it, the quintet have shared a video for the album’s track ‘L’ire est au rendez-vous’. The track takes its name “from one of the first coded messages used by the French Resistance”, explains the press release, “who broadcast them via the BBC as signals for triggering clandestine actions (most famously just prior to the Normandy landings)”. Engaged in a reckoning of the current state of things in France and also worldwide, the lyrics translate these “into obscure, poetical lines, as if they were bottled messages sent to whoever is intent on resisting”. Here’s the video.