With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
Starting out back in 2012 as a dance music producer, Leon Vynehall brought an array of classic house music to his DJ sets that were far from the sound now associated with his debut album, Nothing Is Still. Inspired by the work of minimalist composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Terry Riley, the Pembury-born artist dedicated this long-awaited album to the concept of immigration; specifically, the difficult journey his grandparents embarked on when moving from the UK to New York City back in the 1960s.
Compared to his earlier EPs - which includes Rojus and Music for the Uninvited - this project shows a true expression of what Vynehall has been trying to achieve in terms of a sound that promises authenticity and a collective of tracks that reveal his inner voice. The atmospheric textures and downtempo beats act as the perfect soundtrack to this reimagined family story, with the album taking things for Vynehall to the next level with the feature of a ten-piece string section. Opening to the lush soundscape of ‘From The Sea / It Looms (Chapters I & II)’, this track instantly sets the mood of the whole album for the listener, evoking the feeling of delicacy and beauty with the musical combination of organic and electronic sounds. Prior to the success of this album with the pre-released single, ‘Envelopes (Chapter VI)’, expect to also find virtuoso saxophone parts on ‘Drinking It In Again (Chapter IV)’ to minimalism piano arrangements on ‘Trouble - Parts I, II, & III (Chapter V)’. With online support garnered from the likes of Resident Advisor, The Line of Best Fit, Pitchfork, and many more, it’s no surprise why we believe Leon Vynehall is “one to watch”.
Leon Vynehall will be heading to El Dorado Festival at Eastnor Castle, Ledbury between Friday 29th June - Monday 2nd July, as well as performing a DJ set at YARD: Open Air Club in Bristol on Saturday 25th August.
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