cln channels James Blake on raw new single, Breathe
The Brisbane producer launches his 2017 in a mellow, emotionally-charged way.
Brisbane-based producer Callan Alexander, also known under the alias of cln, is someone we've supported since day dot. Whether it be his sensational Found EP two years ago now, or his recent travels across Australia and the US touring, the producer has been one of our favourites for a long time and as long as he keeps releasing music, we're going to keep bloody writing about it, okay? His new single Breathe, out now through OWSLA sub-label NEST, is a charming return to former fame from Callan, blending his signature, synth-saturated breakdowns with newfound technical skill and influences to bring us his strongest single to date. The real star in Breathe are the vocals - cln's own - which he manipulates and twists to create an incredible, James Blake-reminiscent feel that gives the single a mellow, emotionally-charged feel to it, despite how heavy and saturated the single's breakdowns are. It's a really quite remarkable single, which Callan says came to him late at night when preparing for his first US tour last year: "I mostly make music really late at night. I think that’s when my best ideas come out. When I’m fully alert, I tend to over-analyse things and get rid of my best ideas." he says. "The original idea for this song came about at around 3AM, I think it was while I was preparing for my first US tour. I’ve tried my best not to over think this song. I wanted to keep the initial idea as close to its original state as possible. I suppose that way, the final product is more honest, taken straight from my sleep-deprived brain."
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