Delve into Braille Face's debut album Kōya with insights on its creation from the man himself
The Melbourne-based beat-maker takes us through four of his favourite cuts from the album and leaves us to bask in the rest.
Since teasing us with the fragile, Bonobo-flavoured single Glow and its charming, piano-laden follow-up Because, Melbourne producer and songwriter Braille Face has been someone we've had on our radar all year, and for a good reason too. His productions ooze with a haunting, yet warm presence that envelops you from any of his track's opening bars, picking at your emotional vulnerabilities in an attempt to make you actually feel things, something that has been missing from commercial radio for a while now (with notable exceptions). This week saw the arrival of the emerging producer's debut album Kōya, released through the recently-relaunched alternative label Spirit Level, founded by Double J's Tim Shiel and Gotye. Across its extensive 12 tracks, Braille Face's debut puts the art back into album-making, crafting a release that flows and joins together like a puzzle yet at the same time, varies with tone and sub-genres so everything doesn't just blend into one.
To celebrate the album's release, Braille Face himself took us through the hidden meanings and creation of some of his favourite tracks from the album, including the experimental, percussion-soaked Tear and the more retro-leaning, electronic track Bristlecone Pine.