Today, German electronic producer and visual artist Christian Löffler announces the release of his new LP “Graal (Prologue)” out 4/5 on Ki-Records and shares the first single “Like Water (feat Mohna)”.
“Like Water” was created while sound checking at the Elbphilharmonie. Mohna (the vocalist) was improvising and singing different melodies while playing piano. We played this track often with the ensemble, but never recorded it. The finished piece has completely changed from its initial acoustic version.” says Christian.
“Like Water” is chilling and spectral electronica, with Mohna’s crystallizing mellow voice taking us into the comfort of solitary metaphysical wandering. Löffler transforms the organic and serendipitous original version, performed in a traditional setting with classical instruments, into ambient electronic catharsis. The process allows him to build a sphere of unbridled emotions and spur an intimate romantic dialogue with listeners. Christian draws from his artistic contemplation, a sight inherently in motion, to seize feelings and movements in their active or static form, whether they be pure or conceptualized.
Created on the road (Löffler likens it to a travel diary), “Graal (Prologue)” oscillates between melancholic ambient minimal, euphoric neo-classical techno and downtempo psychedelic, and is a reflection of Christian’s frustration of not having the mental space at the time to create music, solely focusing on visual art instead – painting, drawing. Therefore the music unfolds like a painting, it is first an imagined aesthetic and not a question of possibilities. Drawing from his art gave him the freedom to create without restraints, and to “turn off my brain a bit, especially thoughts about what is possible or not”, he explains
“Graal (Prologue)” is a prelude to a second companion album to be released before the end of the year. With two distinctive parts and approaches, both records will have an organic dichotomy – while “Graal” was created on the road, the follow up will be a classic studio album, created in his home recording space and it will come illustrated with paintings. The record is named after the town he calls home – a windswept yet picturesque German outpost on the Baltic coast – and the rugged beauty and wonder of the area’s famed landscapes shines through the whole record. It comes illustrated with a series of Löffler’s hand drawn sketches, stark, monochromatic line drawings of people and places.
“Graal (Prologue)” follows two well-received LP’s, “Mare” (2016) and “A Forest” (2012), both released on Ki-Records.
“Graal (Prologue)” Tracklist:
2. Running (feat Josephine Philip)
4. Like Water (feat Mohna)