Mixtape #126

Known for a myriad of multi-art collaborations, Chris Vibberts is a tremendously talented composer and multi-instrumentalist, constantly performing and recording, as well as producing a vast array of artists. A sabbatical in the high desert mountains of central Mexico proved life changing and gave birth to his project Chrystal Für. Under this moniker, he swept us away with compositions incorporating electronic elements and genres from ambient and post-classical to drone. His utterly engrossing and profoundly beautiful new album, Elusion, arrives at the tail end of the month and we’re thrilled to have him curate this month’s mixtape with a sublime selection, including three tracks from his upcoming album. Enjoy!

  1. Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (excerpt) [DJM Records] 00:09
  2. Brian Eno – The Big Ship [Island Records] 00:26
  3. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (excerpt) [Vertigo / Warner Bros. Records] 03:09
  4. Jóhann Jóhannsson – “Ég Heyrði Allt Án Þess Að Hlusta” (A Winged Victory For The Sullen Rework) [Deutsche Grammophon] 04:10
  5. Chrystal Für – There Is No Second Chance [What Are We Records] 10:13
  6. Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb (excerpt) [Harvest / Columbia] 14:10
  7. Stars of the Lid – Requiem for Dying Mothers, Part 2 [Kranky] 14:41
  8. Angelo Badalamenti – Laura Palmer’s Theme [Warner Bros. Records] 21:35
  9. Prince – Darling Nikki (excerpt) [Warner Bros. Records] 25:49
  10. Philip Glass – The Photographer Act III (excerpt) [CBS / Epic] 26:09
  11. Max Richter – Tokyo Riddle Song [FatCat Records] 30:38
  12. Chrystal Für – I’m Losing You [What Are We Records] 31:37
  13. Peter Gabriel – Wall of Breath [Geffen Records / Virgin] 36:52
  14. Ali Akbar Khan – Two Lovers [Worldly Music] 39:07
  15. Sigur Rós – Takk… [Geffen Records / EMI] 44:02
  16. Gavin Bryars – The Sinking of the Titanic (excerpt) [Obscure / Island Records] 45:55
  17. Chrystal Für – Pass the Torch [What Are We Records] 51:37
  18. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Flight From The City [Deutsche Grammophon] 55:11
  19. David Bowie – Life On Mars? (excerpt) [RCA Victor] 01:01:32

Chrystal Für shares second single ‘I’ll Rise At Dawn Once More’ featuring Echo Collective

Last month Chrystal Für carried us on an immersive and hauntingly beautiful journey with ‘Requiem’, the first single lifted from his upcoming album Elusion. Christopher Vibberts, the composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer behind Chrystal Für, is enticing us again with a compelling new single from the album called ‘I’ll Rise At Dawn Once More’. Standing again as a powerful testament to the range of emotions encapsulated in the album, ‘I’ll Rise At Dawn Once More’ is a collaboration with Brussels based ensemble Echo Collective. Margaret Hermant and Neil Leiter of Echo Collective ellaborate on the creation of the track:

“We had the pleasure to work with Chris Vibberts during the first lockdown. Because of restrictions, we were unable to work in the same room, which would have been our normal process. This really forced us to work as if the piece was our own. Together with sound engineer Fabien Leseure, we focused on bringing as many acoustic sounds as possible into this beautiful soundscape. Margaret Hermant played violin and harp, and Neil Leiter played viola and bass viola. Through extended techniques we recreated many of Chris’s sounds on our own instruments in order to give the piece as much human depth as possible. We could not be more pleased with how our two musical languages worked together.”

Clocking in at nearly 11-minutes, ‘I’ll Rise At Dawn Once More’ “is a stirring string tribute to emerging from turbulence into the elation of a new day”, as the press release describes. It starts out with an eerie and melancholic tone gently shifting to serenity and bliss. Let it envelop you.

Elusion is out on May 28th through What Are We Records.

Chrystal Für announces new album, Elusion, and shares first single ‘Requiem’

Photo: Paige Green

A busy and versatile composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, operating from his recording studio The Rabbit Hole Recording, Christopher Vibberts has been involved with several projects and collaborations over the last couple of decades. Having composed for film, television and multimedia, he has also played, toured and produced a multitude of artists.
His project Chrystal Für came to life three years ago while taking a life-changing sabbatical from film scoring and producing in the high desert mountains of central Mexico. Under this moniker, Vibberts is set to release his third full-length album. Entitled Elusion, the album is described as “an elegy to the cycle of loss, acceptance, and the promise of restored life.”

Elusion will see the light of day on May 28th through What Are We Records. Ahead of its release, we can already hear the opening track ‘Requiem’. Vibberts commented on the track:

“‘Requiem’ is a soaring recognition of a year of trials and tribulations and an eagerness to lay it to rest. Slowly evolving tones defy gravity as they launch into space making way for an emerging synth that in its gentle pulsation reminds us how alive we still are. Requiem is an end, and a beginning.”

At once both sombre and soothing, light and dark, ‘Requiem’ carries the listener on an immersive and hauntingly beautiful journey. The track comes with an accompanying video. Watch it below.