RIYL: Helios, Ulrich Schnauss, Hammock, A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Label: Domino

Classically-trained electronic composer Jon Hopkins has been creating cerebral electronic scores and deeply emotional ambient textures for over two decades now. Similar to artists like Hammock, Ulrich Schnauss and Helios, Hopkins seeks the humanity embedded within the inanimate, breathing life into keyboards, computers and synthesizers. His newest work is titled Music For Psychedelic Therapy and might be his most human endeavor to date.

When asked about newest track Sit Around the Fire which uses voiceover from the late philosopher and guru Ram Daas, Hopkins says it “exists from one of the deep synchronicities that ushered this [album] into being. I was contacted by East Forest, who had spent some time with Ram Dass in Hawaii before he passed. He was given access to several lesser-heard talks from the ’70s, and asked to set them to music. He sent me some starting points, including the beautiful choral vocals he recorded which open the piece. I put my headphones on and with Ram Dass’ voice inside my head, I sat at the piano and improvised. What you hear is the first thing that came out—it just appeared in response to the words.”

Domino Recordings has the album on a clear double vinyl package including an autographed lithograph. Grab a copy after the ‘buy’ link and take a listen to Sit Around By the Fire below.

The Details

Limited edition double clear LP with signed lithograph artwork print.
Pre-order and receive an instant download of the track 'Sit Around The Fire' now.
Comes with an MP3 and WAV download card.

Price $25

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