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DANIEL BRANDT

CHANNELS

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Format: LP
Cata No: ERATP113LP
Barcode: 4050486115503
Format: CD
Cata No: ERATP113CD
Barcode: 4050486115510
Format: LP (COLOURED)
Cata No: ERATP113LE
Barcode: 4050486115497
Daniel Brandt, co-founder of acclaimed German ensemble Brandt Brauer
Frick, is set to release his second solo album for London imprint Erased Tapes on
October 12th. Titled Channels, the new record follows the release of the London
and Berlin based producer’s solo debut Eternal Something from 2017.
The seven-track LP is Brandt’s biggest statement yet, with the album’s thrilling
avant-garde framework interweaving chord-driven techno, orchestral flourishes,
rich electronic textures and hints of dark cinematic pop. Following on from Eternal
Something, which captured a contemplative kind of isolationism, with Channels
Brandt set out to create an album that captures the essence of minimalism whilst
lending it to a more playful context. After performing and recording Steve Reich’s
Six Pianos in a group of six, Brandt began regularly composing long meditations
on the piano, something that permeates the sound of the new record. Its frenetic
energy and shape-shifting identity was also born out of touring with his new band
Eternal Something — comprised of Brandt on piano, drums and synthesisers,
Pascal Bideau on guitar and bass, plus Florian Juncker on trombone — and a desire
to translate both the sound and spiritual unity of their live shows in which
musicians locked together to create an intriguing meld of expansive works.
Intricate floor-filler and lead track ‘Flamingo’ synthesises the measured pacing of
Detroit techno with an orchestral background. As with all of the tracks on
Channels, ‘Flamingo’ began life as a sketch with very basic instrumentation,
before taking it into the studio to rehearse with his band members, giving the
album a live and visceral sound that sets it apart from his debut; “It was a great
experience to do it this way as I have always wanted to have the chance to try
out something in a live setting before recording it in the studio and not the other
way round,” explains Daniel. “The actual typical rock band recording style that I
never had the chance to do before.”
The album’s most immersive, club-ready track ‘Sailboats III’ is built with a vivid
and pulsating bass line that takes inspiration from a Lichtenstein painting, as well
as the UK bass scene and producers like Tessela and Lord Tusk. The blossoming
cosmos of ‘Cherry Dream’ is informed by Tangerine Dream’s iconic soundtrack
to the film Risky Business, a compelling reinterpretation of Love On A Real Train
replete with darker, electronic elements and live orchestration. ‘Daze’, co-written
with guitarist Pascal Bideau, chimes with an acoustic melody and is carried by a
rhythmic percussive pulse, whilst the understated ‘Ltd’ was stylistically inspired
by Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint as well as Daniel and his band’s live
improvisations with orchestral collective Stargaze, whose founder and conductor
André de Ridder contributed violin on the album.
Title track ‘Channels’ melds instrumental ambient with melodramatic
embellishments, whilst the record’s closer ‘Twentynine Palms’ takes its name from
the vast Californian desert, and was written while Daniel was travelling there,
evoking the widescreen and rapturous sound of open space and nature.
With Brandt also being skilled as a filmmaker, directing and producing visuals for
BBF and Eternal Something, much of the new album’s creative ideas reference a
rich visual palette. He directed the video for ‘Flamingo’, a sideways glance at the
art world that takes the concept behind John Cage’s 4’33” and turns it on its head.
“The video for Flamingo is deliberately non performance — people sitting in a
room and watching basically nothing, never really sure if anything is ever going
to happen. It’s also a play on John Cage’s 4’33”, except in this instance there isn’t
even a performer present.” — Daniel Brandt
Daniel’s passion for film even prompted him to kick start his own online television
channel Strrr.tv in 2017 that since attracted a lot of attention with guest
moderators including BBC Radio DJ Gilles Peterson, modular synth legend
Suzanne Ciani and Berghain bouncer Sven Marquardt counting amongst the
most popular episodes.
Recorded between Berlin and London, Channels is a deeply enthralling listening
experience, which sees Daniel Brandt build upon his distinctive percussive sound
whilst exploring new and expansive horizons.

Tracks:

1. Flamingo
2. Sailboats III
3. Cherry Dream
4. Daze
5. Ltd
6. Channels
7. Twentynine Palms

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