New York-based musician André Baum, under his Beyondré moniker, is set to release his latest LP, Berlin Blue, through Chapelle XIV Music on June 9th.
The album was born out of personal experiences, years of electronic experimentation, and reflects Baum’s journey of growth and transformation over the past few years. Berlin Blue promises to be a fresh take on modern electronic music with a broad and eccentric pop-leaning sound that isn’t afraid to blend influences into satisfying and moving results. The LP begins with “Runaway,” the first single and video, which will be released on April 14th, followed by “What You Need” on May 12th.
André Baum shared extra details about ‘What You Need’:
‘What You Need’ is the second single from Beyondré’s debut Berlin Blue LP. It is a song about becoming more honest with oneself by looking past the surface of the painful events in one’s life to their essential natural and transformative potential. The song was born out of being stuck in New York for the first Covid lockdown and a subsequent breakup with my girlfriend back in Berlin: two events simultaneously unrelated yet also tied together in their fateful overlap and revealing of unhealthy habits and bitter truths, both personally and societally.
With this latest work, Baum cements his place as a genre-blending visionary, an explorer of analog circuitry, and a complex artist yearning to seek deeper and fearless truths. Berlin Blue is electronic music from the heart, for the heart, promising to take listeners on a journey of growth, transformation, and self-discovery.
Here’s extra details about the production:
The production started as a test to make a faster minimal electronic track more intimate by using my voice as percussive loops, bouncy electronic drums, and a subtle acid-techno baseline. As the melody and lyrics started to come to mind, the song took on a more emotional and intimate feeling while retaining this core dance floor sensibility. This adds to the idea of moving through events in life, no matter what, in a playful and non-static way. In the second verse, I added a Rhodes piano to emphasize the more personal side of the song, allowing the production to mimic the shift from an external and physical experience to a more introspective and internal experience. The final coda of the song is an improvised melodic line I played on an analog mono synth that sounds almost like a voice with no words, giving the listener a sense of letting it all go as the Rhodes piano fades out under the ever-pulsing acid line, symbolizing a solitary beating heart.
April 14: single “Runaway”, an innovative clip to be released on affiliated art gallery’s record label: Chapelle XIV Music.
May 12: single “What You Need”
June 9: LP “Berlin Blue”
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