Parisian, avant-pop artist, Jeremie Whistler, is set to release his debut album this March, having wrote, composed and produced the record himself with the help of band member Sylvain Ollivier and French electronic producer Saycet. Three tracks also include a string quartet (Pop Quartet, led by violinist Celia Triplet) and the album was entirely mixed by Sébastien Cannas at Capitaine Plouf studios.
“The Dawn is a collection of songs about surrealistic dreams and failed love stories,” says Whistler. “It heralds a new life, in which past hurts are left behind after they take shape. Sonically, I wanted to merge electronic and acoustic sounds and create lush and dark atmospheres. I also wanted to work as alone as possible to try and reach pure emotion, inviting now and then close collaborators.”
As for his playlist: “Music is so powerful, it can affect your mood in so many ways. With this playlist I wanted to share with you some songs that put me in a meditative trance, that help me find sleep or take me to an alternate reality.”
1. Julianna Barwick – ‘Nebula’
“I saw Julianna Barwick live in a church in Paris and it was really magical, the whole crowd was hypnotised. I like how she uses vocal loops and it never sounds the same, even with very little production. Believe it or not but her music is also great to have sex to.”
2. Nils Frahm – ‘Says’
“The way he creates a loop and then suddenly breaks it after six minutes, is very powerful and emotionally intense.”
3. Björk – ‘Headphones’
“’My headphones, they saved my life.’ Everything is said.”
4. Jon Hopkins – ‘Emerald Rush’
“I saw him live a few weeks ago. People were dancing and I was sitting with my mouth half open through the whole show because it was so beautiful and intense. His sound is aggressive but it really relaxes me, gives me chills, makes me feel so good.”
5. Arca – ‘Thievery’
“You need to also watch the video to entirely get the weird, hypnotic potential of this track.”
6. Radiohead – ‘The Gloaming’
“It might not be one of Radiohead’s most famous songs but it is one of my favourites. I love the gloomy atmosphere, the distorted, dirty micro-beats. It’s one of the songs that made me want to be a producer.”
7. Camille – ‘Tout Dit’
“What you can do with only voice!”
8. Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band – ‘Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie’
“This song is just so comforting and intimate, it brings me peace. Joanna Newsom is truly one of my favourite artists.”
9. CocoRosie – ‘Good Friday’
“When this album came out, it was so unique! I love this unpolished sound, the noises, and how they sound so close to my ears, they probably invented ASMR.”
10. Ella Fitzgerald – ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’
“Isn’t this the perfect lullaby? Ella’s voice is so warm and enveloping, i want to live in it.”
Jeremie Whistler’s debut album, The Dawn, is out on March 8th.
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