Released earlier this year, William Rezé AKA Thylacine recorded his second album ‘Roads Vol.1’ in Argentina. His previous record was recorded aboard the train that links Moscow to Vladivostok, a concept album inspired by travel, composed entirely over the course of the trip, alone in the cramped, confinements of his cabin. Out on February 22nd, it’s follow-up is equally impressive.The French electronic prodigy bought an iconic all-aluminum Airstreams 1972 trailer and after painstakingly transforming it into a recording studio, he put it on a freighter across the Atlantic before picking it up in Buenos Aires. He was drawn to South America by the pull of the unknown, the absolute absence of reference. He wanted to immerse himself in desert and lunar landscapes, explore multicolored canyons, sand dunes, giant cacti forests, snow-capped peaks… and write, alone, in the intimacy of his nomadic studio.
Here, Cologne producer Parra For Cuva delivers a grogeous reworkof the original.
Parra For Cuva – Paspatou
Label: Parra For Cuva – Awal PFC 001
Released: Nov 2018
Style: Downtempo, Tech House
PARRA FOR CUVA is the alias for young German musician Nicolas Demuth; a wildly talented and widely respected platinum selling artist from Cologne, who has today announced his third full length album ‘Paspatou’; due for release on 22nd November. It follows previous albums ‘Majouré’ (2015), ‘Darwîś’ (2016) and the EP ‘Mood In C’ (2017).
Alongside today’s announcement, he has also shared the LP’s dreamy, melancholic title track, which premiered via Magnetic Magazine. The song ventures into a more pop leaning territory than Demuth’s earlier releases, but it’s his artistry and individuality that continues to set him apart in an oversaturated electronic music scene. His slow, structured and melody-laden electronica connects the listener’s heart and soul with their body and brain to create an all-incompassing musical soundscape.
With his new and wonderfully sonorous third album, Parra For Cuva celebrates the paradox between the boundlessness of creativity and the cohesion of rhythms and beats. There are features from Berlin-based Neo Soul singer May, who is known for her collaborations with LA beatmaker Robot Koch, as well as a track with experimental/ambient musician and sound designer Manu. The title of the record is a nod to the adventurous butler of Jule Verne’s “Around The World In 80 Days”.
Stay tuned for more news to follow. The album ‘Paspatou‘ will be released on 22nd November and is available for pre-order here.
“Mood in C” is the new EP by Parra for Cuva out now via Project Mooncircle. German-born Nicolas Demuth aka Parra For Cuva has already racked up over 35 million plays on YouTube and 20 million plays on Soundcloud with a string of albums, EPs, singles and remixes. His remix of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Games (feat singer Anna Naklab)’ was released by Spinnin’ Deep and reached #1 in the UK Dance and #6 in the UK Singles charts, and has received over 25 million plays on YouTube. Parra For Cuva has received press support from BBC Radio 6’s Lauren Laverne, Thump, XLR8R, The Line of Best Fit, The Skinny, Magnetic Mag and Wonderland amongst others.
Hailing from Cologne, Parra For Cuva took an early interest in the piano styles first of Debussy, and later of jazz. Nicolas moved to Berlin to study Audio Design and since May 2013’s release of debut EP ‘Fading Nights’ has risen to prominence with a catalogue of slow, well-crafted and melody-laden electronica. Childhood friend Anna Naklab features as guest singer on many of his tracks, including the wildly successful cover of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Games’. In 2014 he released his debut album Majouré, featuring guests artists Nieve, Casey K and Moonsiren. In 2016, following a road trip through Spain, he collaborated with long-time musical companion Senoy to release his highly acclaimed second album, Darwîs, in 2016 via Project Mooncircle.
Following “Darwīš”, this release is a collection of songs that have been created in and around the last year. The title song “Mood in C” was composed after the Ethiopian pentatonic scale that is deeply intertwined with both the spirituality of the people but also the war-torn and deeply trenched history of the country. Furthermore it combines guitar effects with synths and all sounds were recorded analog with the help of effects units. The song “Unfinished Colours” together with “Others” is the first collaboration of a future joint project of the two friends. All percussion was either recorded on journeys and travels or at home with everyday objects to give the EP a unique sound.
Drawing influences from organic electronic outfits such as Bonobo, Tycho and Four Tet, Parra For Cuva’s approach towards composition draws heavily on the use of live (often exotic) instrumentation, thick layering of effects and the use of often quirky motifs. A broad range of both production influences is apparent, seemingly all encapsulated in a mellow, percussively textured wash, at once unobtrusive and cultured.