Changing Currents

by Julien Mier

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Living in the Dutch countryside, Julien Mier spent the last several years crafting heavily melodic and carefully textured pieces that engage the listener both cognitively and emotionally. His newest EP, Changing Currents, is a culmination of his exploration of natural sounds, and ultimately serves as a final farewell to the cabin he was living in directly up to the point of this works’ completion.
Each piece on the release serves the whole, with opening track “It’s Slightly Open” providing the introductory sounds and pacing before moving to the melodic second track “Yesterday’s Downpour.” Meditative guitar piece “Caught in the Chest” is the anchor holding everything together thematically. Slow, brooding and beautiful, the piece finds its success in its minimalistic, stripped-down approach.
In the increasingly maximalist world of electronic music, Changing Currents confidently espouses the value of minimalism, reducing each instrument to its most rewarding timbres, and comfortably discarding the expected tropes of the genre. Every melody hints at a range of emotions all the while avoiding the awkwardness of the melodramatic.
It’s a testament to Mier’s refinement and poise as an electronic musician. He is using the medium for something very personal, both in the places he explores and the musical techniques he uses to explore them.
彼はオランダの森の深淵でこの作品を完成させた。そして、恋人に別れを告げた…この作品は制作過程で、彼の心に大きな変化もたらすほどの存在となっていた。”海流の変化”というタイトルからも、深い海のように美しいサウンドが想像できる。この作品は制作過程で、彼の心に大きな変化もたらすほどの存在となっていた。”海流の変化”というタイトルからも、深い海のように美しいサウンドが想像できる。
オランダ出身のエレクトロニック・アーティスト、Julien Mier がPerfect Touch レーベルより『Changing Currents』をリリース。ドリーミーでセンシティヴなサウンドが特徴。関東で活動するトラックメイカー、Yosi Horikawa と関西を拠点に世界を股にかけ活動しているMagical Mistakes がリミックスを提供。電子音楽好きはもちろん、ロック~クラシックに至るまで、ジャンルを飛び越え、幅広いリスナーに好まれるであろう。
Plaid やBoards of Canada、Jon Hopkins、Cornelius 好きは必聴!

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released September 16, 2015

Julien Mier
Mastering by Shaun Hatfield

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