Sylvain Chauveau

February 24, 2020

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Sylvain Chauveau, a French composer based in Brussels (h/t Headphone Commute). Chauveau records moving, minimal pieces for piano, strings, guitar, and synth. Through the iteration of small phrases, he induces contemplation and introspection. 2012’s Simple beautifully combines the acoustic and electronic, weaving between piano arpeggios and pure synth pad. 2001’s Nocturne Impalpable is a collection of spare piano/string compositions and literally hyphenates them with silences. 2018’s Pianisme plays a piano so slowly, it’s as if the player is trying to understand what the instrument is capable of. No vocals.

Simple by Sylvain Chauveau (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Nocturne Impalpable by Sylvain Chauveau (50m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Pianisme by Sylvain Chauveau (30m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Sleep D

February 21, 2020

Good morning.

It’s Friday so we’re listening to something more upbeat. We’re playing music from Sleep D, the club music duo born and raised in Melbourne. They’re now “pillars” of the city’s underground scene. Rebel Force, their debut LP from last year, plays like a DJ set and draws from jungle, acid house, breakbeat, and ambient. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, check out Live at the Fairfield Amphitheatre, which is more ambient/electronic. No vocals pretty much.

Rebel Force by Sleep D (60m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Bandcamp / Tidal

Live at the Fairfield Amphitheatre by Sleep D (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

If you’re new to Flow State, feel free to reply to this email to tell us what music you’ve enjoyed working to recently.

Enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend.

Jun Fukamachi

February 20, 2020

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Jun Fukamachi, a Japanese composer and keyboardist. Fukamachi’s new age / ambient releases in the ‘70s and ‘80s earned him a cult following around the world. His releases with limited availability on streaming services collect his improvisatory piano and keyboard pieces, which you can find on Solo Vol. 1. But on YouTube there are a bunch of weirder electronic albums from Fukamachi, on which he creates entire orchestras out of synthesizers. Check out Quark and Starview HCT-5808. No vocals but there are some vocoders.

Solo Vol. 1 by Jun Fukamachi (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube

Quark by Jun Fukamachi (40m) YouTube

Starview HCT-5808 by Jun Fukamachi (50m) YouTube

Have a good Thursday.

Råå

February 19, 2020

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Råå, a multi-instrumental project from Magnus Sveningsson, The Cardigans’ bass player. Thank you Martin for the recommendation. Sveningsson uses instruments and styles from all over the world, often on the same track. Ljungens Lag, which came out a few weeks ago, plays “northern dub,” the Scandinavian take on downtempo instrumental. Skånes Järnvägar is more guitar-centric and eclectic, with some songs – including a William Onyeabor cover – that are basically upbeat rock. On Folkhemmet (Live), a full band performs Sveningsson’s compositions and covers. No vocals on the three albums except for one track.

Ljungens Lag by Råå (30m, 🗣 Congolese nuns sing on “Vispen”) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Skånes Järnvägar by Råå (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Folkhemmet (Live) by Råå (30m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Have a great Wednesday.

Martyn Heyne

February 18, 2020

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Martyn Heyne, a German composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Berlin. Thanks to Mārtiņš for the recommendation. He plays guitar and keyboard and puts their sound through effects machines, allowing the notes to expand to fill out the space. The technique populates Electric Intervals and Shady & Light with beautiful minimalist recordings. Heyne is early in his career and only has one EP and one LP out. We’ve also included a video of him performing live at an ambient festival in Potsdam.

Electric Intervals by Martyn Heyne (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Bandcamp / Tidal

Shady & Light by Martyn Heyne (20m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Bandcamp / Tidal

Martyn Heyne Live @ Q3Ambientfest 2017 (30m, 🗣 spoken intro & interludes) YouTube

Due to the short week we’ve sent a recommendation today instead of a podcast episode. We’ll resume the podcast mixes next Tuesday (to get access, become a paid subscriber).

Enjoy your Tuesday.

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