Bonobo Encapsulates the Ebb and Flow of Collective Consciousness in ‘Fragments’ Album: Listen – EDM.com
Renowned electronic music producer Bonobo unveiled fragments, a new album and a magnum opus in what has been an illustrious career. The highly anticipated disc is his seventh studio album and follows Migration, released five years ago almost till date.
One listen to the album is enough to know that the British DJ and musician is in a class of his own. emotionally intense, fragments rings true to its name and it’s not hard to see that Bonobo has given up complex and deep parts of itself in its 12 tracks.
The album was recorded and mixed by Bonobo over the past two years as he sought refuge in solo adventures in the wilderness, away from closures. After spending that time immersed in the natural world, he produced the new album by interweaving electronic and organic sounds.
The integration of the Fender Rhodes piano, modular synthesis, recordings he had made of harpist Lara Somogyi, and his work with string player Miguel Atwood-Ferguson all elevate the musical themes throughout. fragments.
In October, when he announced the album and his self-titled 2022 world tour, Bonobo treated fans to the record’s first single. Setting the tone for what’s to come, the thrilling “Rosewood” takes listeners on a winding journey. The sound experience is further animated by Neil Krug in the official song visualizer.
Featuring the Chicago-based singer-songwriter and poet Jamila Woods, “Tides” offered a second look at the album. According to a press release shared with EDM.com, Woods’ efforts served as the catalyst for the record to materialize.
“I knew I had a centerpiece, I knew how everything was going to sound,” Bonobo explained. This track was a real turning point in the process of finishing the album and Miguel Atwood Ferguson’s amazing string parts at the end took it to another level.”
“Otomo,” a six-minute masterstroke featuring O’Flynn, samples Bulgarian chorus (100 Kaba-Gaidi) while implementing arrangements more commonly found in British bass music. The two co-produced an infectious rhythmic framework that elevates the dance floor to anthemic proportions. Similar soundscapes seep into “Sapien” later in fragments.
Featuring multi-talented musician and Ninja Tune bandmate Jordan Rakei, “Shadows” was the album’s fourth preview. “[Bonobo] sent me the track and I actually wrote about three different verses and three different choruses,” Rakei noted. “When you’re working remotely, it’s really hard to gauge whether or not an idea suits their vision, so I wanted to make sure I was sending more than enough.”
Drawing listeners in with soothing lyricism, the intoxicating “Shadows” is a remarkable track with its haunting grooves. “Save me, save me from the unknown / As I dream, I leave this world to follow,” Rakei hums, punctuated by a contemplative, hypnotic beat.
“From You” marked the fifth and final preview of the album before its official release today. Enlisting one of the most exciting artists of the digital age, Joji, Bonobo adds a unique voice to the mix. The Japanese light fixture complements the simple yet moving melody beautifully.
Available now in full via Ninja Tune, fragments displays some of Bonobo’s deepest and hippest grooves. The album begins with “Polyghost”, an enchanting and eerie cut textured with sensational strings courtesy of Atwood-Ferguson.
The idyllic “Elysian” evokes a dreamlike state of mind. From start to finish, it serenades listeners with smooth and fine sound design. Here, Somogyi’s harp and Atwood-Ferguson’s strings merge in perfect harmony.
Like “Rosewood”, “Closer” and “Age of Phase” have dancefloor potential. “Closer” creates a gradual rhythm, adding movement with subtle synth work while this last track offers more percussion and builds warmth.
Clearing the air, “Counterpart” instills a sense of hope and relief. Returning to the Migration era, this piece carries on a warm and welcoming dance floor. “I was reminded once again how much I loved the crowds, the movement and the people connecting with each other,” Bonobo recalls.
Concluding with “Day by Day”, a ballad with Kadhja Bonet, Bonobo channels a universal desire: “Inch by inch, day by day / We’ll make this a better place.” Concluding on an optimistic tone, fragments, which appears to be Bonobo’s most emotionally intense record to date, encapsulates the ebb and flow of collective consciousness.
You can stream the album on your favorite service here and catch Bonobo on his upcoming world tour.
Bonobo “Fragments” 2022 Tour Dates
February 18: Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, TN
February 19: PromoWest Pavilion at Ovation, Newport, KY
February 20: EXPESS LIVE!, Columbus, OH
February 21: Internship AE, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
February 25: Great Hall, Brooklyn, NY
February 27: Royal, Boston, MA
February 28: Echostage, Washington, DC
March 02: Franklin Music Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 05: Higher Ground, Burlington, Vermont
March 06: Mtelus, Montreal, QC
March 09: History, Toronto, ON
March 10: Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak, MI
March 11: Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
March 12: The Sylvee, Madison, WI
March 13: Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
March 15: The Palace, Minneapolis, MN
March 17: Mission Ballroom, Denver, CO
March 18: The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
March 19: Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
March 21: PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC
March 22: Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
March 24: Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
April 20: AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 21: edel-optics.de Arena, Hamburg, DE
April 23: UFO im Velodrom, Berlin, De
April 24: Palladium, Cologne, De
April 25: TonHalle, Munich, De
April 26: Xtra, Zurich, CH
April 28: Le Centquatre, Paris, FR
May 03: The Brighton Centre, Brighton, United Kingdom
May 04: O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
May 06: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, United Kingdom
May 07: O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
May 08: Rock City, Nottingham, UK
May 16: Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
May 17: Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
May 18: Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom