Marie Wilhelmine Anders’ new, multi-genre concept album “Frozen Music” follows up on her albums “Travels” (Broque) and “She’s Leaving” (Noisy Meditation). Being her fifth album, which refers to the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson, “Frozen Music” also evolves around another main source if inspiration that is drum ’n’ bass: Sunchase (who mastered „Frozen Music“ superbly), dBridge, Calibre, Krust, Goldie (Mother!), Optical, T.Power, LTJ Bukem, Banaczech, are just a few of her main influences.
While searching for the connecting elements between the poem template from the late 19th century and the time when d’n’b was created 100 years later, she found the sound of the foghorn, invented in the year Stevenson was born. The foghorn was first installed in Jamaican sound systems in the 1950s, and it created an unexpected power in the bass range, and from there found its way into the raves and d’n’b productions of the children of the “Windrush” generation in the UK.
The second connecting element Marie found was the music of Claude Debussy: his “liquid works” (David Toop) – influenced by the music of Java, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan – in turn influenced the later generation of ambient music producers. The chord progressions from his “Prelude” from “Pour Le Piano” reappear in a stretched and filtered form in Marie’s ambient intro track “Prelude” and in a few other places in “Frozen Music“.
The nine tracks of “Frozen Music” find their very own form in the atmospheric recreation of the pictorial language of Stevenson’s poem “Evensong” and in its relationship to some of the most fascinating genres in electronic music. Being a classically trained composer Marie juxtaposes ambient, breaks, d’n’b and techno. She approaches the boundaries of genres with a kind of innocence, always listening to the connections between the different styles. In “Frozen Music” she picks up on these connections. This works so well because the musical forms often don’t adhere to what you would deem traditional structure. Dynamic quality, form, sound design and, last but not least, the mix of her music are all the more carefully coordinated and result in a catchy flow that makes „Frozen Music“ another masterpiece, that not only brings food for thought but, most importantly, transports the grooving d’n’b sound of the 90’s onto the contemporary stage.
Marie Wilhelmine Anders – Frozen Music
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08. So Far
Release Date: November 14th, 2023
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