„These sounds are a wonderfull living breath of darkness“
Grand things always cast
a shadow. The sky is slowly wrapping itself into a promising ebony eclipse and
seem to whisper: there is something brewing up out there. Something is
approaching us steadily: it is Sepalot´s new album.
On this album the former
„Chasing Clouds“ have accumilated into the eponymous
„Black Sky“; these drifting soundclouds have swallowed a bulk of Sepalot´s
sunny nature; his trademark relaxed attitude gave way to instrumental
melancholy and pugnacity. A state of mind one wouldn´t
expect from this ever pleasant guy from lovely Munich. Sepalot surprised
himself a little bit with it. „The current tracks reflect a dark side of mine
that even I didn´t know existed“ he admits.
The title song itself
breathes this dark side, as guest vocalist Fab plants his pain riddled voice –
a melange of experience and melancholy - over the driftig beat: „Where the sun
and the beauty of the sky-blue disperse/That´s where I fall in, causing others
pain, causing others hurts“ The track epitomizes a general theme on Black Sky: the attempt to create
an album of instrumentalized
Obviously the tracks are
not only wrapped into the deepest black. Time and time again bright light
breaks trough the darkness on „Black Sky“, flooding this sound collage with
bright rays of hope. These songs all bear a slight elegiac
undertone, but never dampen the mood, but elevate melancholy to the rank
„Before I started
recording I listened to lots of The Doors songs. I found the suicidal aspect in
their music very exciting. I totally inhaled it.“ Sepalot reports. „The
breakage, the grid, the dirt – that was my inspiration. I was thirsty for the
energy of pureness.“
In order to capture this
roughness Sepalots first production steps were drafting soundsketches – often more than 100 in
a row. This is then is followed by a sorting procees with many drafts going
immediately into the trashcan. The survivors create the first basic draft.
Then, every single detail is edited meticolously. „My main premise is not to sway from the initial idea and
that first feeling over the course of production. The first impulse is always
the most important one to me; it's necessary to preserve it“, he explains his
strategy to compose and arrange his songs. „The exciting part in music is it's momentum, more important then in any other art form.
By not editing too much or ironing out the creases I always try to preserve
this live experience and work up this courage to just leave things as imperfect
as they are. This is my main philisophy.“
Take „Feel“ for instance, those out of tune
vocals immediately create a strange feeling but at the same time it's tinny beat appeal as
downright hypnotising. This selective conjunction of two diametral aspects holds the listeners attention
In contrast to his
former longplayers, Sepalot´s Black Sky features more instrumentals and far
less guest vocalists than „Fraud“ (2005), „Red Handed“ (2008) oder „Chasing Clouds“
(2011). One thing that didn´t change during the last two productions is the
companionship of Ladi6 from New Zealand. This time adorning the piece ´March
on´with her amazing voice. „At first, I had concerns about always having the
same artists featured on my songs but what can I do? We are just such an amaing
blend.“ So as on the albums before the 30 year old singer adds yet another
facette to the song and fills up each
single syllable with heartfelt feeling.
Sepalot´s tendency to
create almost cinematic arrangements and full-bodied compositions with
understated opulence transform "Black Sky" into the soundtrack for a
movie that has yet to be shot. „I imagine a headhunter riding his horse into a
small town, shooting everyone down with no regre and then disappearing into the
sunset“, Sepalot says. „To me, the new album could as well be the soundtrack to
a modern western; the soundtrack of my own personal 'Django Unchained`.“
Grand things always cast
a shadow. Dark shadows, slowly wrap the promising sky into a pitch black eclipse and whisper: here
is something brewing up out there. Something is approaching us steadily. There
is something waiting in the wings. Don´t fear the storm, come outside with
us... „Black Sky“ is finally here.
Discography: 06.09.2013 Black Sky (Album)
2012 Chasing Beats (Album)
2011 Rainbows (Single)
2011 Chasing Clouds (Album)
mit Frank Nitt (EP) MPN
Red Handed (Album) Compost Records
Go get it feat. Ladi6 (Single)
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Sepalot is an highly inspired artist with a truly inspired live show.
Just as with his albums, his ambitious live set continues to build bridges between the genres. DJing is an artform to this man and he regards himself a curator of the club that hosts him for the nite. From Philadelphia to Berlin, from Vienna to Moscow and on to Syndey he dives deep into a sea of beats only accompanied by his two 1210's, an MPC and his drummer Fab. His productions featuring an array of national and international artists such as Fashawn, Blu, Saigon, Miss Platnum, Ladi6, Frank n Dank and Buff1 and his excursion into the realms of bavarian folk music have earned him appraisal and platinum awards all over. His first single from "Chasing Clouds" the hypnotic "Rainbows" was not only an internet blog phenomenon, but also an airplay chart hit. German national newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, -renowned for their knack in searching out talent - have devoted a full page in their culture supplement to his latest album and the preceding Beat Konducta Mixtape dedicated to Bavarian folk music. "Chasing Clouds" has even been hailed to be the best german hip hop album in 2012.
Besides his own radio show on Munich based trendsetting radio station Ego FM, his remix assignments and third party productions Sepalot is currently working on a successor for "Chasing Clouds" expected to be released in September 2013
SEPALOT ist ein inspirierter Künstler mit einer inspirierenden Liveshow.
Mit seinen anspruchsvollen Sets schlägt er gekonnt Brücken zwischen den Genres. SEPALOT ist jemand, der das DJing als Kunstform versteht und den DJ als Kurator für den Club. Von Philadelphia, Berlin, Wien, Moskau und weiter nach Sydney ist SEPALOT mit zwei 1210ern, einer MPC und seinem Live Drummer Fab unterwegs und taucht tief ab in ein Meer aus Beats.
Für seine Produktionen mit nationalen & internationalen Künstlern (u.a. Fashawn, Blu, Miss Platnum, Saigon, Ladi6, Frank N Dank, Buff1, ...) und seine Studie in Sachen bayrischer Volksmusik (Beat Konducta Bavaria) gab es gleichzeitig Platin Auszeichnungen und weltweite Beachtung. Seine Single "Rainbows" war gleichzeitig ein "Internetblog Hit" aber eben auch ganz weit oben in den Airplay Charts. Das Feuilleton der Suddeutschen Zeitung widmete ihm deshalb kürzlich die Titelseite und schrieb über "Beat Konducta Bavaria" und sein letztes Album "Chasing Clouds": "... eine der unglaublichsten deutschen Pop-Produktionen des Jahres ... das beste deutsche Hip-Hop-Album 2011"
Neben seiner eigenen Radioshow auf egoFM, diversen Projekten, Remixe und Fremdproduktionen, arbeitet er an einem neuen SEPALOT Album welches im September 2013 erscheint.