This morning, it seems as we’re entering the final stage of grief: acceptance. After denial, anger, bargaining and depression, now we have no choice but to accept the world as it “used to be” has changed forever. Living with uncertainty may not be easy. But has it ever been different? It’s always been an illusion, everything is in movement and your heart is still beating. Now is no time to stop the rhythm but to let go and keep dancing with the unknown.
By now you might get why I invited French Kettle Station and why we curated only trippy tracks. I’ve been amazed by his work and the myriad of subtleties encapsulated in his compositions. Do you know that feeling when something totally new to you still manages to click inside your mind and resonates with your soul as it’s ever been here, ready to be explored? Well, my hope is for you to experience that today.
French Kettle Station’s selection
Orior - Feels Like Summer
French Kettle Station: “Sundays in Denver typically feature a lack of commotion & hustle. The pace makes it much easier for me to focus, reflect and heal. I wanted the atmosphere of my selections to mirror the insular fondness I have tied to these activities. Jeff Sharp’s “Orior” has an extreme quality of mystery & isolation, yet somehow maintains optimism. “Feels Like Summer” blends the organic and the digital in a truly awe-inspiring way. I can never get enough of this one.“
Zazou / Bikaye / CY1 - Mangungu
French Kettle Station: “Zazou / Bikaye / CY1 sees the collaboration between a Congolese percussionist, a French composer and two modular synthesists. “Mangungu” plays with stark contrasts as well (made clear by the album title “Noir Et Blanc”) and has an an unbelievably rare feel to it with 6/8 time, foreboding harmonies, percussive synths and flanged-out vocals. You can tell they knew exactly what they wanted to achieve on this track and nailed it. Musical moments as realized as this make life worth living.“
Colleen - This Hammer Breaks
French Kettle Station: “I have loved Cécile Schott since I first heard “The Golden Morning Breaks” 10 years ago. Her earlier works were emotive instrumental works, and when she began incorporating her voice it really became something special. “This Hammer Breaks” goes so many incredible places with just voice, drums and minimal electronics. It makes me feel like I am sailing alone in the dark, venturing toward something unknown at a speed I have no control over (which is essentially how I feel just being alive).“
French Kettle Station - Halocam
ImaCrea: “Vaporish walk by the sea. Allow me to have that colorful cocktail my dear and let our imagination ride with the waves. Heart goes bump bump, sunrays vibration produces pulsation. Behind me, luxurious hostels and fast food restaurants which colonized the sea shore a few decades ago are oscillating. Emptied because of the pandemic, theses giants structure of metal and glass start to crack and slowly decompose as rotten fruits from another age.“
Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith - Gikanjoumonogatari
ImaCrea: “Don’t need to go the theater with such cinematic music. Landscapes of hopes and poems projected behind my eyelids. Suddenly, an image of the cosmos and the triadic structure formed by Sun, Moon and Earth. Proof distance is not an issue, we have gravity and universal attraction to keep vibrating together in space.“
Nicolas Jaar - Gocce
ImaCrea: “Nicolas Jaar keeps experimenting and pushing further his own horizon and ours. Never repeating himself so far, this fresh new album is filled with generosity and kindness. Being so famous almost instantly, he could have kept doing the same electro sound everybody danced on a few years ago, instead he chose to stay true. Life’s changing so his music too.“
Kali Malone - Fifth Worship II
ImaCrea: “Sacred ritual for a new spiritual age. Kali Malone shows the way.“
That was intense. Thank you so much for being with us every Sunday morning! Much love and respect to French Kettle Station for his deep and trippy Sunday selections, and to Thibault Daumain for this episode’s wild illustration.