Two years in the making, the much anticipated collaborative studio project between two true music innovators Deep Forest & Gaudi, has gloriously resulted in the release of ‘Epic Circuits’. The brand new album is due to drop in April 2018 CD and Download with Vinyl product to release June 2018.
This track was shared with me today by Eriq Mouquet (Deep Forest) who produced this collaboration with his favorite band, Onuka. “Vsesvit” it’s infectious, uplifting and more.
Onuka (“granddaughter”) is a Ukrainian electro-folk band. It was created in 2013 by Ukrainian musicians Eugene Filatov and Nata Zhyzhchenko. Other group members are Daryna Sert (keyboardist and backing vocalist), Mariya Sorokina (percussionist) and Yevhen Yovenko (banduryst). The band’s instrumentation includes electronic drums, trombones, French horns and the Ukrainian folk instruments bandura and sopilka.
Ever since my college music days some 40+ years ago I have been enamored with musique electronique. Like many musicologists I consider French-born composer, Edgard Varese the Father of Electronic Music. Frank Zappa, Varese’s protegé characterized him best, “The present day composer refuses to die.”
If you study the six degrees of separation between musique electronique, Varese, and Zappa you will juxtapose the French composer Eric Mouquet, founder of the pioneering electro-ethno-ambient band, Deep Forest.
There is peace to experience in the journey through the light and trees in the deep forests of our world. Eric Mouquet navigates those experiences in his travels, treating our senses to those natural settings.
The latest Deep Forest recording, evo devo is an earthly treasure. Mouquet revisits the sounds he and Michel Sanchez first recorded on Deep Forest in 1992 (now out of print). Those are some of the most amazing sonic textures I have ever absorbed. The remixes of some of those original tracks on this album made me smile to hear them once more.
Deep Forest recently held a Pledge Music project which I missed, but I was able to order an autographed copy of evo devo, from the Web page today.
Allow yourself to experience Deep Forest, connecting your spirit with the nature and our world.
Ten years ago I attended a Santana concert in the mountains of Scranton, Pennsylvania. It was the 2003 Shaman Tour and the opening act was Angelique Kidjo who was on fire that night!
As the stage was reset for Santana they played this totally immersive world music. I was entranced by what I heard and I searched high and low to find out who that artist was after the concert. I had to have that recording 😉
I discovered the artist was Deep Forest. I found the CD on amazon and I play it to death, happily so.
Here’s the title track and cover from Deep Forest’s 1992 debut album.
This is a “rare and wonderful mix of ambient modern music and the songs of the pygmies of the Central African rainforest.” I hope you’ll find it as infectious as I do. The interaction between an indigenous culture and electronic ambience is striking. I love to just let the whole album just loop and take me to that trance place 🙂