The city during rush hour. A metropolis filled with people, towering skyscrapers and neon lights screaming for attention. Everything is pushed forward, towards the future, filled with purpose. The dazzling pressure and constant push make you appreciate those quiet places. Tiny unexplored alleys, rivers leading into forests, special places where the only sounds are from the leaves rustling in the wind and birds singing from above. City and nature are inseparable. Complementary. It is the balance between these two that speaks of the love of being alive. In Music for City and Nature, Shook navigates through this world. Searching for balance, peace of mind. He converts this battle to a work of appreciation for both harmonic sounds as well as electronic energy.
Shook: “In this album I tried to document my emotional and mental state at this point in my career. It is inspired by the conflict between the energetic and busy city life and the calm, warmth and peace that nature gives. It isn’t a city ‘versus’ nature album though, it is about daily life existing in a gray area in between. I try to find a balance by connecting both sides. We can build a future in the city, but we must not forget that nature is our future.”
With absolute devotion Shook has created an exceptional listening experience in which timeless influences of Hiroshi Yoshimura, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Steve Reich and Erik Satie are honored and thoughtfully integrated in his modern, energetic sound. Shook merges Japanese ambient and Indonesian gamelan with an uplifting mixture of electronic pop, jazz and funk. Inspired by city pop, techno pop and ambient Music for City and Nature spreads a new light on the contrasting balance between what we make and what we are.
Music for City and Nature will be released on 8th of November.
First single “Mind Up” will be released on October 10th.
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