Thomas Azier – Verwandlung(Video)


thomas hylasBerlin’s dark electro-pop prodigy Thomas Azier is releasing his debut album Hylas on March 10th through Casablanca Records (US), but in the meantime, he’s shared his video for “Verwandlung” (NSFW), one of the stand-out tracks from Hylas.
Of the video, Azier explains “For me, the song explores the frighteningly thin line between making love and violence. It’s an homage to Claire Denis’s Trouble Every Day.

Thomas Azier was born in the Netherlands, but relocated to Berlin at age 19. After hundreds of sketches and pre-productions on his computer, Thomas eventually started to lay the final touches on his debut in the Fall of 2012. He set up his studio in an old East German factory where the church bells for the Kremlin used to be manufactured. That old factory proved just the right place for the truly industrial twist on pop music Azier was looking for. He had a vision of pushing boundaries, combining analog sounds and dramatic, warm vocals with violent noises and the natural sounds of the factory.

The entire album is written, composed, played and produced by the 25-year old multi-instrumentalist himself, only assisted by sound designer and co-producer Robin Hunt. His sound bridges gaps between cultures as well. Combining factory sounds derived from the Dutch gabber and hardcore scene, the German electronic scene and the epic and profound emotions you would find in French artists, he may well have defined the sound of European Pop Music in 2014.

Hylas Tracklisting:
1. Hylas
2. Ghostcity
3. Verwandlung
4. Rukeli’s Last Dance
5. Red Eyes
6. Angelene
7. How To Disappear
8. Futuresound
9. Shadow Of The Sun
10. Yearn Yearn
11. Golden Wave
12. Sirens of the Citylight

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