available also on vinyl record
Following his electronic club aesthetic in Untold Stories (UKM036), Daniel Drumz takes a departure into the ambient synth wilds with Komorebi. This latest album represents a greatly matured perspective in the artist’s discography, debuting this time under his real name, Daniel Szlajnda.
The album’s name comes from the Japanese word ‘komorebi’ (木漏れ日), which refers to sunlight beaming through forest trees—often misunderstood for only representing the gentle, nostalgic side of nature. Komorebi polyphonically explores the dichotomy between the delicate and beautiful forms of nature, as well as the brutal and ruthless pulse of instinctual survival.
Komorebi presents pulsating, organic synthscapes that are nearly devoid of drum layers, jokingly referred to as “acid ambient” by Daniel.
The instrumental arrangements in Komorebi come from a modular synthesizer, built by Daniel during the work on the album. Harnessing imperfections and controlled unpredictability of this instrument fit perfectly into the themes of raw nature that the album is built upon. Sequences obtained by the synthesizer are in constant motion, never stopping in one place, and the album’s electronic pulse is often complemented by acoustic instruments: celesta, marimbas and pianos.
The single track "Rebirth" was recorded together with Resina—a composer and cellist currently signed to Fat Cat Records in the UK.
"Rebirth" official video clip: youtu.be/CsNfbrKFPwQ
Photography and videography were recorded in Iceland by Maciek Malinowski. Mikołaj NOON Bugajak mastered the album. Radosław Sadlik was responsible for graphic design and Maja Szlajnda is the creator of the cover photo.
The publisher, U Know Me Records, is an independent record label celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Independent UK music publisher Kudos handles worldwide vinyl distribution.
released July 24, 2020