NEW SINGLE: ‘SAVANA, CÉLINE, AYA (pt. 2)’
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NEW ALBUM: ‘LUDI’ – DUE MARCH 6, 2020
French composer Chassol today releases a new single, ‘Savana, Céline, Aya (Pt.2)’, alongside details for his forthcoming new album release ‘Ludi’, due out through Tricatel on March 6, 2020.
Having previously written for Frank Ocean (Blonde) and produced for Solange (When I Get Home) – alongside collaborations on home turf with Phoenix and Sebastian Tellier – audio-visual maverick Chassol’s new work is broadly informed by German author Hermann Hesse’s utopic novel The Glass Bead Game. An ambitious multi-disciplinary project spanning a double album, a film and a live show, ‘Ludi’ follows previous albums ‘Indiamore’ and ‘Big Sun’, all released through Bertrand Burgalat’s pioneering Tricatel label. Stream ‘Savana, Céline, Aya (Pt.2)’ & watch the new video from here.
Since2011’s ‘Nola Chérie’, Chassol (French-Martinique, Paris native Christophe Chassol) has been finessing his own experimental ‘ultrascore’ approach to composition, in which – inspired by Steve Reich and Hermeto Pascoal – vocal and ambient sounds from video footage are harmonised in perfect sync to create a living, breathing soundtrack. His experiments caught the ear of Diplo, who in turn put Frank Ocean onto Chassol’s 2013 album, ‘Indiamore’. Ocean – at the time working on ‘Blonde’ – then tapped Chassol to join him at Abbey Road, to develop speech harmonisation on the album (albeit following a period during which Chassol ignored his calls, having no idea who Ocean was). Shortly afterwards Solange – having literally Shazam-ed his music at a performance installation – sought out Chassol to produce several tracks on 2019’s ‘When I Get Home’.
Driven by a gleeful impulse to reshuffle the deck and informed by expansive work scoring film, television and ads, ‘Ludi’ finds Chassol taking his quest to arrange reality even further. It is the simple idea of play that underscores this wide-ranging project – where music, mathematics and aesthetics all intermingle. According to sociologist Roger Caillois, ‘play’ is broken down into four categories: chance, vertigo, masks and competition. In early prep work for ‘LUDI’, Chassol filmed several real-life scenarios illustrating these themes, then applying his ultrascoreprocess, drawing out the melodies he heard in the clips. Harmonies are drawn from anything & everything: basketball players in the suburbs, a gaming arcade in Tokyo, heck even a roller coaster.
On new single ‘Savana, Céline, Aya (Pt.2)’, the playground clapping game of 3 schoolgirls is transmuted, with words becoming chords and blending in the video with the images they evoke, featuring guest vocals from ALA.NI & Carine Chassol, alongside Chassol’s long-standing collaborator and drummer, Mathieu Edouard.