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Composer Vincenzo Ramaglia & Laura Le Pruenec collaborate on avant-garde album

IDM composer, Vincenzo Ramaglia is known for his unconventional style and he brings more of it in his latest album La parole. The album was released on 14 February 2020 via PEM Records and features the celestial vocals of the vocally gifted, Laure Le Prunenec. The album was realized via an alternative set-up, which involved no influence from computer generated soundscapes. 

Vincenzo receives his inspiration from talents like  Autechre, Björk, Arvo Pärt and Radiohead for his avant-garde style. Laura Le Prunenec adds her own mark on the tracks with her haunting vocal range. She has vocal similarities to that of Elizabeth Frazer by creating melodies before the word is sung to completion. Laura has received attention from various projects, a noteworthy collaboration would be her involvement with world-acclaimed French band Igorrr. La parole is an equal collaboration for both Vincenzo and Laura to shine in their own light. Vincenzo creates an unsettling soundscape, that Laura compliments with her echoing melodies and soprano range. 

“It offers an alternation of hypnotic atmospheres and broken rhythms, somewhere between composition and improvisation, with Laure Le Prunenec’s voice that has long gone straight to everyone’s heart, around the world, with its thousand shades: from the whisper to the scream, from the ‘growl’ of metal ancestry to the lyric and from the bass to the falsetto and to the highest range. The style of the album is at the crossroads between IDM electronic avant-garde (in the mood of Warp and Raster-Noton artists), ‘real-time breakcore’ (with an analog electronic setup strictly without a computer) and experimental pop. In short: a mixture that is not easy to find.”

 

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Five minutes with Soul Gem, the genre defying musician

New York-based Soul Gem has released his latest single, ‘Miles Away’ in collaboration with Norweigan duo Kasket Club. ‘Miles Away’ was released with a B-side, ‘Self Control’ via Uppwind Records on 24 January. While ‘Miles Away’ has already received significant recognition with its upbeat and modern take on indie disco meets French house, it was ‘Self Control’ that stood out for us, with its soothing and organic sounds.

Working as part of a collaboration is something that Soul Gem has great experience with, having paired up with Norwegian rapper and producer Pasha. The two toured the world together, collecting millions of plays and exploring their own musical horizons. Pasha and Kasket Club fall into vastly different genres, the one embracing hip hop and the other chillwave.

Naturally, we were keen to discover more about Soul Gem and his ability to produce catchy songs in so many genres. 

What are some of your earliest memories of music?

Playing the drums to troopers by Iron Maiden

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

I usually start with playing piano/synth and try to come up with a cool chord progression. After that, I normally go straight to the microphone and jam out different vocal ideas. From there, I just keep building the track with more sounds.

‘Self Control’ reveals a more organic sound than ‘Miles Away’ with its electronic embellishments. Which direction would you personally like to move towards, as a producer?

I think ‘Miles Away’ is a more interesting path, most of the time. The type of energy that ‘Self Control’ represents is something that doesn’t happen that often when creating in the studio. I have to feel a certain way, and normally I prefer more positive tones 🙂 

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Creating music.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

I can’t remember a specific response, but in general that I made someone’s day 🙂

If you could put together a radio show, what kind of music would you play?

House, Indie, funk 

Name five artists and their albums who would appear on your radio show

  1. Earth, Wind and Fire 
  2. Washed Out
  3. Toro Y Moi
  4. Parcels
  5. Jungle

You previously worked alongside Norweigan rapper Pasha before collaborating with Kasket Club on ‘Miles Away’ and ‘Self Control’. What are some of the most striking differences when working with these musicians?

Just the different energy they bring to the room. Also, with Kasket Club it’s more about producing and creating the whole song, while with Pasha it’s usually more about the vocals and getting ideas around that.

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?

Success to me is just having fun with it. My long term goal is to create more music for commercials/movies. Would also love to collaborate with different artists from around the world. 

One last thought to leave your fans with?

Thank you 💛

 

 

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Explore the realm of possibilities with pop musician, Ilja Alexander’s latest release

Few people know the struggle of disliking your own creations better than artists. However, it can be an amazing feeling when the dislike begins to change and reform itself into love and favouritism. Ilja Alexander knows this better than most with his last release of ‘Someday’ via Green Monk Records.

“I wrote ‘Someday’ on a piano and it sounded like an indie sound. My good friends and co-producers, Curtis Richardson and Adien Lewis, then decided to take me out of my comfort zone, and on the morning of the studio recordings presented to me the electronic urban pop production of the song. I was totally unconnected to the sounds and so discomforted and vexed by the production that I just couldn’t sing on the production for the first two hours. Luckily, I soon came to like the production. In fact, I now think it is one of my most favoured recorded songs so far.”

Somewhat of an international artist, Ilja Alexander is originally from Amsterdam. However, he has recently formed a band in London and received significant attention from Japan and Indonesia.

 

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Ambient musician Tom Ashbrook shares title song for upcoming album

Producer Tom Ashbrook has shared the title track for his upcoming album, ‘Sines’ via The Other Songs. The track was premiered via Clash Magazine who called it, “Atmospheric, haunting harmonies layer up to open the track, vocal loops building to meet delicate, lilting keys”. The first track of the upcoming album, ‘Toon Soon’ recently premiered on Vents Magazine.

Receiving support from Son of Marketing, Mr Foxx Frequency and Music Week will put Tom Ashbrook’s music at the ears of thousands. However, it’s some of the smaller publications who have gotten to know the producer better. “Ashbrook has a clear gift for luring out emotions and invoking feelings of all things beautiful, through his music”. You can read Echo Room’s full feature below.

Musician And Producer Tom Ashbrook’s Debut Song Is An Absolutely Immersive Experience

Sines EP Tracklist

  1. Too Soon
  2. 2five1one
  3. Sines
  4. Only We Know
  5. Not My Love

Sines EP will be released on 22 November creating a perfect mark towards the end of the year. 

 

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