Im Februar erschien das Debütalbum The Wanderings Of The Avener des französischen Deep House- und Electro-Produzenten THE AVENER. TRISTAN CASARA, wie der Herr mit gebürtigem Namen heißt, hat exklusiv für Popmonitor seine Songs kommentiert…
This opening track of the album is very significant for the journey that this album is for me – stylistically as well as personally. It has a western vibe to it. I feel like a solitary cowboy on a trip to unknown places.
FADE OUT LINES
I discovered Phoebe Killdeer’s song “The Fade Out Lines” in 2013 and immediately fell in love with this track. I wanted to share it with the dancefloor and produced a rough rework. I played it the next day in a small hip place in my hometown Nice and plenty of people shot their phones in the air trying to Shazam it! I guess this was the very first sign for me that people like this track. It’s a very special song for me because it helped me to launch my success beyond Nice.
After my academic years of learning classical piano I went discovering many styles of music including jazz and funk. This old song by Andy Bey is one of my favourites in this vein.
CASTLE IN THE SNOW
I recently was introduced to Kadebostany’s musical universe while preparing the album. I was astounded by the melody of this song. It’s certainly the most enigmatic and thrilling song on the album.
TO LET MYSELF GO
I’ve been following Ane’s career for a few years while listening to many acoustic folk singers and composers. I love her voice and was thrilled when she accepted to collaborate on this very melancholic song.
I’m a big fan of the Black Keys and a friend of mine did an acoustic version of their song. I think I added it the proper energy to fit on the dancefloor. I must say this is the favorite track for many people.
IT SERVES YOU RIGHT TO SUFFER
John Lee Hooker is probably the most emblematic blues singer. I wanted to include blues elements in this album and was overjoyed when his heirs agreed to enhance this beautiful piece of music in my style.
HATE STREET DIALOGUE
I discovered Rodriguez mid-2000 – so before there was this fabulous documentary on his life story. This may be the first song I tried to rework for the dancefloor. Everytime I listen to it, I feel a little “special something“ deep down. Very nostalgic somehow – hard to describe.
YOUR LOVE ROCKS
Grandjean has this “je ne sais quoi“ in his voice that makes woman waver when they are listening to him. No joke: This is possibly the song that many girls absolutely love. It’s extremely sexy and has a timeless groove and melody.
WAITIN’ ROUND TO DIE
The reinterpretation of Townes Van Zandt is mind-blowing. I close my eyes and imagine myself in a western, on a train or on a horse on the run. The acoustics in this song are simply amazing.
WE GO HOME
I was so flattered when Adam Cohen accepted my rework of his catchy song! I think it’s a massive hit that can make every generation sing, dance and clap. I could wake up to this song every morning… and I often do.
This song is very special for me. It’s an improvisation I did between takes in the studio while recording the album – so very unexpected. I often sit at the piano and either play classics or improvise to relax.
Jake is such a cool and talented musician and singer. I’m sure he has a bright future in front of him. I’m excited that he’s thrilled by how I produced this song. There’s so much energy, positivity and melancholy at the same time. What a tune.
FADE INTO YOU
I’m a total fan of everything that Hope Sandoval has ever done. I always thought that this song never got the fame it deserves. I’m honored that the band loved my rework while I kept the intensity of the original song. It’s the perfect soundtrack to the personal moments in my life.
The Wanderings Of The Avener
(Capitol / Universal Music)