Taken from his recently released album ‘MDCNL’, composer, conductor, producer and multi-instrumentalist Simon Dobson has revealed a new single taken from the record, ‘Quiet, Pls’ and it’s been remixed by Human Pyramids – the 18 piece post-rock acoustic orchestra led by Scottish composer and producer Paul Russel. We’re delighted to be able to premiere the track right here on Backseat Mafia today.
Best known for his collaborations with Anna Meredith and the London based Parralax Orchestra, of which he is principal conductor and arranger, Simon Dobson writes haunting, intricate at times, modern classical music. MDCNL, out now on Lo Recordings, is the follow up to the Cornwall based musicians 2015 debut ‘Euneirophrenia’, and comes ahead of some expected live dates later in the year.
Of the track, Human Pyramids Paul Russel told us exclusively “My first time hearing “Quiet, please” was like a spa trip for my ears. For the remix, I knew I wanted to maintain that warm, fuzzy feeling. I looped the piece for hours experimenting with new textures; xylophones, guitars and steel pans. Finally, I used granular synthesis to transform these new elements into a shimmering sonic bath.”
It’s a chiming, bubbling version of the piece, with the bassline giving the whole thing this warmth and movement, as it skirts close to something Mogwai could do, only in miniature. With interweaving synths, tinkling bells and heart wrenching piano figures, it’s heart warming and heart breaking at the same time. And that takes some doing.
Check it out, here