A touching album of modern classical brilliance with perfectly blended accents of field recordings and electronics. The cover image is very nice and a great accompaniment to the music.
Favorite track: Faded.
Cedric Vermue is a Dutch composer and producer currently based in Berlin. After graduating from Utrecht Conservatory of Music in 2018, he started an intensive studio project: writing and recording two albums in association with various string players and producer Antal van Nie. The first chapter of the series is Left Upon Us, an amalgam of serene piano passages, captivating electronic elements, and subtle soundscapes.
Prepared with a variety of layers and textures, and intimately captured with a strategic microphone placement, Left Upon Us is a carefully crafted landscape that invites the listener to submerge into Vermue’s musical universe —a tranquil place in a world full of turmoil. The delicate piano in We Came And Left, the lead track, smoothly morphs into pulsating analog sequences, while in Helena the piano arpeggios merge with in crescendo synth layers —a reminiscence of both individual and collaborative projects by label peers Sjors Mans and Klangriket. Before Us, the penultimate piece of the album, catches the listener by surprise when the tranquil melody of a viola appears, taking center stage and allowing us a brief glimpse of what will come in the second part of the project.
The release of Vermue’s debut album is accompanied by a tour around various cities in The Netherlands and Germany, including shows in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Potsdam, and Berlin.
Left Upon Us releases on 15 November 2019 via piano and coffee records worldwide, and is available on limited edition vinyl-style CD and digital formats, with artwork by London-based illustrator Jordan Amy Lee.