NEW ALBUM – BENIDORM DREAM
Out 26th January (UK) on Sony Music
‘Koudlam nods towards the more pastoral end of house while retaining a deeply individual sensibility. Returning with new record ‘Benidorm Dream’, the producer is clearly in the mood to experiment. Introducing outlandish melodic flourishes, hallucinogenic vocals and dis-orienting electronics, Koudlam pieced the album together in a skyscraper which stared out across Benidorm. The title track is a gorgeous yet unsettling introduction, while the visuals ably expand on these themes.’ – [Premiered by] Clash
‘Any musician who lists black metaller Burzum next to Elvis in their influences is bound to be diverse. The French symphonic composer purveys a skewed electronica with rootsy rock vocals’ – NME
‘As the steady influx of European beatmakers picks up pace, it’s becoming harder and harder to stand out from the crowd. For as many that catch our attention, a million slip by. However, there was no way Koudlam wasn’t going to get some face time with Dazed’ – Dazed
‘It is difficult to see where Koudlam is coming from when he describes his music as ‘electronica, psychobilly and tropicala’, yet the French composer is clearly successfully experimental. He’s already found a home in the galleries and clubs of Europe, hopefully we will start to hear more of his work in clubs across Britain. We should all start looking to Koudlam for experimental electro genius.’ – The 405
NEW VIDEO FOR ALBUM TITLE-TRACK ‘BENIDORM DREAM’
After his first official album, “GOODBYE”, released in 2009, and the “ALCOHOLIC HYMNS” EP (in 2011) French composer Koudlam has been celebrated as a UFO in the electronic scene. Writing indie trans-genre hits (such as See You All and Sunny Day) between two tropical operas (“Live at Teotihuacan” / “The Great Empire”) and prestigious collaborations in contemporary art, he is an artist highly regarded by critics and the public.
Koudlam’s futuristic and archeological music, mixing tribal rhythms, synthetic pan-flutes, luminous melodies, phantasmagoric vocals and metaphysical choir, sometimes described as “world music of the Apocalypse”, manages to bridge the violence of techno and the Symphony of the New World.
His new album “Benidorm Dream” was written in a Benidorm skyscraper, and conceived as a solitary and melancholic ode to this unique seaside resort in the south of Spain, where the architectural chaos (no evident city-planning rules, unusual concentration of night clubs in high towers) looks beached on the Costa Blanca, and seems to be celebrating a party that refuses to end, and face a reprieved world.
Once again, Koudlam appropriates musical codes, embezzling r’n’b, trance, and hardcore techno (his musical roots) to build his own exotic and icy monolith, and once again successfully unites body and mind, dance and ideas.