Simon Green is Bonobo, a fearsomely gifted British musician and DJ who’s fashioned his title after a great ape. Green will soon end an epic 18-month journey—the North Borders Tour—before immediately releasing the Flashlight EP on December 2. The second track of the three-song mini-record, “Pelican,” was revealed today via Soundcloud.
Thump has said of the track: “‘Pelican’ [is] a deep and atmospheric trek into low-rolling garage, woozy synths and martial snares. This is music to dream to, three-dimensional stuff that soothes the mind and works the body.”
And indeed, the track—in keeping with Bonobo’s entire repertoire—has a 3-D texture to it, and those rich textures are what makes his music so memorable. He really utilizes all the weapons in his arsenal: density, sonorous variance, motivic integration, harmonic progression…everything is manipulated and developed in a manner that makes his arrangements absolutely devoid of banality. That is to say, it’s always interesting.
The final show of Bonobo’s current tour, a sold-out DJ set at London’s Alexandra Palace, will be live streamed via Boiler Room here at 3:30pm EST on November 28. Check it out and you may even catch aural glimpses of Flashlight (full tracklist below). Until then, melt into that sweet, sweet Bonobo groove.
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