“Human Creativity Expressed Electronically” is the mantra that has always defined Ionne’s songwriting and production, which he takes to the next level in his new full-length album, ‘Fracture.‘ The 11 tracks are an eclectic journey packed with powerful beats and are about how systems that we put our faith in—religion, government, family—break down, and how we might rethink and reconstruct them. “The album is designed to create a common space musically, a raw and vulnerable space lyrically for people to connect, and dance, and experience change,” he said.
Fracture opens with ‘’Burn’’, a sonic metaphor for time-space travel that immediately captivates the listener and creates the perfect setup for ‘’Human’’, the track that immediately follows it. The notes on ‘’Human’’ travel through synthetic beats and EDM tones.
There is an intentional blending of genres throughout the album. On “The Last Time” you can hear Ionne blend elements of Rock and Classical music. It’s a song that was originally written in the early 2000s (released in 2010 under the artist’s real name Maurice Harris) and reworked with heavier, darker instrumentation.
Look at what it’s done to you
Like the last time
Break my heart
Smile if I’m still hurting you
Like the last time”
The lyrics, which are about a romantic relationship going sour, also produced a potent metaphor for the fracturing of social structures that the album examines.
A Rock theme, reminiscent of Depeche Mode’s 1990 hit “Policy of Truth,” carries into Ionne’s ‘’Falling Satellites’’, which keeps a conversational tone the entire time, and culminates with a catchy chorus that captures the album’s message and otherworldly electric guitar patches that become a signature of the album.
With its interesting combination of sounds that propel the beat ahead with appealing arpeggios and captivating, trance-like rhythms, ”The Fray” is a thumping blend of synths and EDM elements that catches you off-guard with its classic Above and Beyond-ish energy.
”Mess” invokes Ionne’s trademark experimentalism. The song starts as an atmospheric descent into melancholic territory – with heavy metallic rhythms, and overwhelming staccato-like edits – but then picks up halfway through, becoming airier and more hopeful. The result is bittersweet with a haunting message for those who can hear it through the flanging out-chorus: “We both reached for the knife.”
“Acid & Wine’’’ balances precariously between psychedelic and sequential, impressive technically, due to its many layers. The kick and snare, arguably the simplest elements of the track, are its lifeblood and give an otherwise ambient tune a solid and memorable structure.
“Ephemera,” which tells the story of a cyborg sent on a mission outside of space and time to find a version of mankind that had survived hardships, is a smashing four-on-the-floor mover with heavy bass and catchy riffs that drive the song onward. The entire album began with the cyborg story, Ionne explained, and the narrative was taken up by visual artists The Collective NHV, serving as the album’s overall visual concept and cover design.
On ”The Fall”, a more alternative U2-like tone is set right away with the Rock-sounding ballad in which Ionne sings of a collapsing society, carried by an electric guitar, reverb-heavy electric, and sparse percussion that is built on a catchy hook and beating with raw heart.
Although ”Me Alone” bears many of Ionne’s telltale production cues, the words and music were originally written by the artist’s sister, Adrienne Harris, a nurse who managed a COVID ward at the height of the first wave of the pandemic. Like much of the album’s material, the song’s lyrics could be interpreted in multiple ways, but here references like “unmask to take a breath / a no one’s there” give a clear view of the song’s underlying story.
On album-closer “A Reason to Believe”, though, the tone shifts from a melancholy mood to a brighter one, to great effect. The track has an Afro-Caribbean flare that complements the sunnier and more hopeful lyrics but still somehow fits in with the genre-bending mashup of Synthpop, Rock, and EDM in the song list.
‘Fracture’ may be the strongest work of storytelling from Ionne, who claims to express himself more freely through synths and software than on the piano he was trained on. The album explores the irony of using digital technology to create something that is emotionally stimulating. Human creativity expressed electronically.
‘Fracture’ is out now on 5015 Records. All tracks were written and performed by Ionne, except “Me Alone” written by Adrienne Harris and performed by Ionne.
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This New Album Features Electronic Background Music For Videos!
Creative minds don’t cease in their efforts to find electronic background music for videos. The good news is that Shizo van de Sunflower shares his anniversary album which will be of great benefit to your projects!
Whether you’re uploading clips on YouTube or TikTok, here’s a 14-track material entitled ‘Works 2006-2016’ that will truly enhance your visuals. Despite the upbeat nature of most of these tunes, there are also a few ones showcasing a delightfully laid-back touch.
As a matter of fact, the low quality of royalty-free music was the motivation behind Shizo van de Sunflower’s wanting to help video creators. So, back in the 2000s, he went to Creative Commons and marketed the tracks on Jamendo.
In subsequent years, the evolution of his production techniques meant a dope flow while channeling his emotions into sophisticated melodies and rich instrumental tones. Consequently, he remastered his gems and decided to move his productions to popular streaming platforms.
Shizo van de Sunflower is still making a name for himself after his recent success with the previous album ‘Drone 1.’
To the surprise of many, he has surpassed over 20k streams on Spotify. Not to mention, his DnB single “Changes” is currently the best song in his catalog.
Well, from now on, if electronic background music for videos is exactly what you need, whatever first comes into your head should be his timeless body of work. At the end of the day, inspiring and encouraging others to visualize something with his sounds must be a rewarding experience for him.
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MerlinMoFo Unleashes Impressive Electronica, “Adagio For Soul”
MerlinMoFo offers a captivating dose of electronic music that leaves a lasting impression. Through his new single “Adagio For Soul,” you can take a sonic journey where instrumentals speak more than words!
So intense and at the same time so relaxing, there’s a rich atmospheric soundscape that gives you goosebumps straight away… Just close your eyes, clear your mind, and reconnect with your heart thanks to the contrasting textures, the floating beats, and the bassy nature of the whole tune.
It magically builds to an uplifting crescendo in the middle of mysterious harmonies and whimsical energy.
With this release, the UK-based producer, soul coach, medium, and influencer shares a preamble for his upcoming 11-track album similarly titled ‘Adagio For Soul.’
Make sure to mark your calendars as it will be released via streaming platforms on November 25th.
And please allow me to reveal that listening to his work is quite a spiritual experience. Indeed, the outspoken and authentic artist promises a wide range of synthesized melodies inspired by the stages of soul evolution.
“The music will keep coming in all shapes, guises, and genres. The new album release covers all tempos, slow, fast and rolling bass… euphoric and deep.” — Ben Rosenberg aka MerlinMoFo
On a side note, he has announced a 2-hour masterclass to learn the truth of your reality. This mind-expanding event is called Soul & Mind – Change Your Life Now! and everything sums up in tools to release mental and emotional blocks.
If music is his passion and the awakening of consciousness his forte, you can conclude MerlinMoFo is still full of surprises, so let’s see what’s next on his socials below.
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NASAYA’s ‘RÊVES’ EP Is A Love Letter For The Rave
Quickly emerging as a dynamic talent within the Indie Electronic music scene, NASAYA has become a force to be reckoned with. Staggering to new heights, the Los Angeles-based artist and producer joins ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective for his Electronica EP, ‘RÊVES.’
Following his latest successful single “RUMMELSBURG” and after recently supporting ODESZA on their Last Goodbye tour, ‘RÊVES’ brings a refreshing and immersive new perspective to the dance floor scene in this musical masterpiece. Including four experimental tracks with pulsating beats and rich tones, the EP is sophisticated, yet romantic at the same time. Across the EP, fans can expect a consistent flow of mesmerizing and immersive bursts of energy. Fit for dancefloors from the UK, Berlin, and beyond, the featured tracks include “CIEL,” “REVES,” RUMMELSBURG,” and “TES YEUX” all personalized and best described as a love letter for the rave.
“When I was living in Paris, the change of scenery drew me to start writing some solo music. It felt very liberating for me to write songs on my own. The EP is definitely ‘darker’ and more visceral than songs I’ve previously released. I’ve always wanted to release a project like this because I feel like it’s the only way for me to channel certain emotions – and I feel like this sound is a big part of what I wanted my project to sound like when I originally started it.
I don’t think it’s about anything in particular but it does reflect this state of introspection/dreaminess that I experienced when I first moved to Europe. That’s why I named it ‘REVES’ – it means ‘dreams’ in french.” — NASAYA
With every release, NASAYA simultaneously paves the way for a new and invigorating era for the genre landscape. Combining nimble breakbeats, chopped vocal samples, and complex polyrhythms, NASAYA’s work is more than music but a spectrum of art. Making a name for himself and his eccentric productions, NASAYA has the capacity to show current fans a refreshing sound sure to leave a mark on the rave industry.