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Manu Delago - Drumheart feat. Anil Sebastian (Digital single, Tru Thoughts, 2015)

It's quite unusual to hear artful pop songs coming out of the Tru Thoughts stable. But the music from hang player, drummer and percussionist Manu Delago is quite unusual at first too. This ethereal second single extracted from the 'Silver Kobalt' album released in April might surprise you though: after a few repeated listens the beautiful melody of the song and the brilliance of the arrangements impose themselves, and the song impregnates the mind with ease. The 'Copenhagen' version, with live acoustic drums even brings a slightly jazzier touch reminding another unique band from the label, Hidden Orchestra. Radio programmers and music supervisors definitively should try this!

Manu Delago - Drumheart feat Anil Sebastian
Manu Delago - Drumheart feat. Anil Sebastian
(Digital single) Tru Thoughts TRUDD140, 2015-05-25

Tracklisting :
01. Drumheart feat. Anil Sebastian 04:05
02. Drumheart feat. Anil Sebastian (Copenhagen Version) 04:05
03. Drumheart (Instrumental) 04:09

Links :
Manu Delago : official | bandcamp | facebook | juno | tru-thoughts | twitter | youtube
Tru Thoughts : official | bandcamp | facebook | juno | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Press Release :
“Drumheart feat. Anil Sebastian” (out 25th May) is the second single to be lifted from the celebrated Hang player, drummer and percussionist Manu Delago’s ‘Silver Kobalt’ album, which came out on 6th April to support from i-D, Wax Poetics and DJ Mag, and tastemaker radio play including Nitin Sawhney (BBC R2), Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music), Don Letts (BBC 6Music), Jazz Line Up (BBC R3) and Jamie Cullum (who has booked Delago for a BBC R2 Maida Vale session in May). Additional high profile media coverage in the US, Japan and across Europe cements the widespread appeal of what is a truly experimental brand of pop music, crafted by an artist who counts Björk, The Cinematic Orchestra, Anoushka Shankar and Andreya Triana among his fans and collaborators.

Having spent the last month in New York where he provided the backbone of Björk’s live band, alongside Arca, in the Icelandic legend’s ‘Vulnicura’ shows, Manu Delago kicked off his own live run with three sold out nights at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC, in early April. His return to Europe brings an extensive ‘Silver Kobalt’ tour with his live outfit Manu Delago Handmade, including support slots for The Cinematic Orchestra (April-May; see dates overleaf).

“Drumheart feat. Anil Sebastian” is a pristine drop of bassy pop that showcases Delago’s breadth of influences and deft touch. The ethereal timbre of the Hang vies for prominence with a subtly swelling drum and bass beat for a delicately powerful and propulsive soundscape laced with the haunting, androgynous vocals of Anil Sebastian, a rising star who has also graced the performances of Basement Jaxx and Alt-J. This digital single release also brings a bonus cut in the shape of “Drumheart feat. Anil Sebastian (Copenhagen Version)”, an exclusive alternate version of the lead track with the added punch of heavier, live acoustic drums.

Aged just 30, London based Austrian native Manu Delago is the world’s leading Hang player (with 5m+ YouTube views for his DIY performance video “Mono Desire”) and possesses equally virtuosic skills as a percussionist and drummer alongside ever maturing instincts as a songwriter and producer. On ‘Silver Kobalt’ he again collaborated with co-producer Matt Robertson (Björk, The Prodigy, The Streets, Bat For Lashes), following his work on Delago’s 2013 breakthrough LP ‘Bigger Than Home’, for a sound that revolves around the unique quality of the Hang but encompasses so much more, from acoustic percussion, bassoon, piano and chimes to multi-layered beats and synths.

The record hinges on the experience and ideas built up by Manu Delago across a high-flying and diverse career to date. From overachieving teenaged rock bands, through extensive classical training; from the cutting edge of art pop in Björk’s band, to a London Symphony Orchestra commission which saw him playfully subverting their expectations; this endlessly curious artist has been honing his own style rich in melody, wit and invention.

Having been given his first drum kit aged two, also learning the accordion and piano in childhood, Manu Delago was a professional performer by his teens, but it was in 2003, when he began playing the Hang – an enchanting new sound sculpture from Switzerland - that he discovered his passion for writing music. On graduating from the university Mozarteum in Innsbruck, he moved to London and studied at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity College of Music. With this pedigree, the lessons learned from collaborating with his heroes, and influences from The Prodigy to Bon Iver, Michael Jackson to Stravinsky and Beyonce to Rage against the Machine, his music is as impeccably realised as it is impossible to classify. Delago has featured heavily in the world’s media, having toured on six continents and played festivals including Shambala, Green Man, Haldern Pop, Reeperbahn, Eurosonic and Popfest Vienna.



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