Today sees the much anticipated release of Berlin-based composer and producer Ben Lukas Boysen's shape-shifting new album Mirage.
It follows 2013’s Gravity and the acclaimed 2016 full length Spells, a record as much admired by his peers as it was loved by fans that not only yielded remixes from Max Cooper and Tim Hecker, but also opened Jon Hopkins’ Late Night Tales compilation.
Since the release of Spells, Ben collaborated with cellist and composer Sebastian Plano on the score for David OReilly’s landmark innovative video game Everything. It was added to the long list for the Best Animated Short at the 90th Academy Awards, making it the first video game to qualify for an Oscar.
As with Gravity and Spells, Ben has an array of musical guests adorning Mirage, including long time collaborator, Berlin based cellist and composer Anne Müller as well as Australian saxophonist and composer Daniel Thorne — for whom Ben wrote parts specifically, having heard his 2019 solo debut Lines of Sight.
While on Spells Ben made programmed pieces sound indistinguishable from human playing, with Mirage he set out to do the opposite and make the human touch unrecognisable, creating something of a mystery or a mirage.
“A lot of the elements and instruments you hear on the album are either not what you think they are, or exactly what you think they are but behave differently or they’re elements you definitely know but they are hidden, processed, or morphed into something else. With Spells and Gravity I was trying to hide the machines. On Mirage, I’m trying to hide the human” — Ben Lukas Boysen
· order Mirage on LP · CD · DL
· listen to Ben's Monday Is Ok mix for Ransom Note
· watch Ben's DJ set for Sea Change Festival
"A transformative and transportive body of work" — Rough Trade's Album of the Month
"Ben Lukas Boysen casually merges digital and analogue on this outstanding third solo album" — Uncut
"Not everything is what it seems on the new record from Erased Tapes man Ben Lukas Boysen" — NME's This Week's Big Vinyl Releases
"Ben Lukas Boysen makes music I can best describe as inner peace" — NPR's All Songs Considered
· support your local record store, Mirage is available from the following outlets: