Next June full moon will see a new UFO landing in the Hypnus Records discography: BLNDR’s debut album L’Observatoire [HYPNUS018]. With this release, the Sweden-based record label explores new fields of electronic music, opening its catalogue to a more wistful and emotional sound. In the words of Michel, Hypnus’ boss: “[the album] is a nostalgic overview of the producer’s past few years, which attempts to capture meaningful memories from travelling around the world. Shaped with a marking touch of melancholia laced through most of the tracks; it is a contemplative ambient journey recorded in a period where fantasy and memory met.”
With such an eloquent story, we wanted to know more about the creative process behind the album – before premiering the opening track: Mont Blanc.
Salut Tom! You started to release in 2014 (via Hypnus) and from then you were mostly producing deep techno. Atmospheric elements and deep rhythms have always played a major role in your music. However, your debut full length album is a full ambient release. How did you arrive there?
From the very first notes of the album, this specific kind of ambient reminded me of Sweden and musicians like Isorinne or Acronym (in particular on his last album, Malm on Field Records), a music which evokes a lot of emotions. Where did you get your inspiration from?
Hard to miss the fact that you have also been inspired by your travels and experiences around the world. Do you have precise memories from each places and moments who gave their names to the tracks of the album?
It feels like you found a beautiful balance: your music makes you travel, and the travels inspire your music in return. I hope that you will keep touring around the world, the result is well worth the effort.
Speaking of nostalgia, we can hear (appreciable) analog crackles and textures in some of the tracks. What has been your creative process? And by the way, where did you compose the album?
I’m indeed very thankful to be able to travel that much thanks to my music. I don’t think I could have visited all these places in such a short time without it! It is a beautiful balance yes, and it pushes me to keep on producing.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer my questions, and thank you for the music. I’m looking forward to listen to it with the ‘real’ crackles of the vinyl.
L’Observatoire by BLNDR (2×12″) will be out next June full moon on Hypnus Records; previews and a pre-order phase being revealed under the moon before it (Tuesday, May 29th). Find all this on the label’s Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
While waiting for the release, you can go back to the early debuts of the Monument podcast with the mystical 31st episode by the man in question: