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Daniel Brandt announces new album Channels

07 Aug 2018

 

Daniel Brandt, co-founder of acclaimed German ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, will release his second solo album Channels via Erased Tapes on October 12.

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. 

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.” 

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

· watch the video for Flamingo 

· pre-order Channels

· book tickets for Daniel's tour