WHAT YOUR EARS SAY & WHAT THE COVER LOOKS LIKE
WHAT WE SAY
Solo percussion LPs are rare but when done right can be a thing of wonder & Simon Popp has done it so very right, with his deeply hypnotic rhythmic constructs spanning the brooding & propulsive to more laid back meditative mantras on this stunning percussive ear opener for SQUAMA.
WHAT THE RELEASE NOTES SAY
After several collaborative releases, German drummer Simon Popp is back on Squama with his second solo album ‘Devi’.
While his phenomenal debut ‘Laya’ was a percussive take on ambient and third stream minimalism, ‘Devi’ features eight tracks of bold organic grooves, uplifting and hopeful in one moment, sinister and dark in the next. This dualism is reflective of the ups and downs in Simon’s own life, making the album a brutally honest and deeply personal record.
Over the past two years Popp has steadily refined his skills both as a player and an engineer: There are virtuoso drumming parts, revealing his passion for polyrhythm and complex structures and recording techniques such as heavy limiting, using gated reverb and pitch-shifting give the record a modern 90s vibe. ‘Devi’ is a forceful statement of what contemporary drum music can sound like today.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS
Lazy Days, Hazy Moments & Dancing to a Slower Groove