“I wish our stories belonged to you and someone
else, I wish that person loved you the way you loved me.
Im sorry you are lost, my love was never meant to cause
Bastien Keb announces the release of his highly anticipated fifth album, “The Only Angel I’ve Ever Saw Wore Black” set for release September 8th 2023.
"Bastien Keb, the proto-trip-hop of Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier, the rumbling scores of Bernard Herrmann and the cinematic swagger of Barry Adamson" - The Guardian
The album features 15 tracks, showcasing Bastien’s truly cinematic sound while exploring new sonic territories. The album touches on the melancholic funk drifting between voiceovers of longing and hurt, through surreal, hallucinogenic folk ballads. It’s the juxtaposition of these genres sewn together with ambient synth skits that really makes the album a musical journey. Playful and serious, as the album title suggests, Bastien manages to induce a rye smile with a tear in the eye.
Lead single Tikka has already garnered significant attention, with support from Nemone, Tom Ravenscroft and Huey Morgan on BBC 6 Music.
In Seb’s words, “The album tells the story of a failed relationship, as the man narrators missing his other. Whilst he imagines her comforting him, before accepting the end of the relationship, and feeling that the love he feels, she never did.”
Sharing common ground with luminaries such as David Axlerod, Kate Bush, Roy Orbison, Madlib and The Delfonics; Keb plays guitar, trumpet, bass, drums, piano, flute and more Keb’s writing and recording approach is slightly unique. He explains a little about how his records sound the way they do...
“I have a lo-fi approach to recording, for me it’s about the moment, all my records are time capsules of a certain time in my life, so the sound of the recording is secondary. It’s all about heart, that’s all I’m interested in. If I get a melody I have to record it asap, if the mic isn’t plugged in I use the macbook mic, if I’m not by the computer I’ll record into my phone.
For me personally using/sampling other peoples music isn’t making your own music, using your own soul, showing your own heart, it's just my personal opinion. It’s not right for me. No slur on those that do. If there are any samples on my records, it’s me sampling me. For me, this means the music is mine. It’s ‘of me’. That’s really important for me, because I feel that’s where the honesty is. If my music sounds ‘dusty’, that’s why”.
This approach provides us with a wonderfully inclusive record. The album feels almost ‘performed’ to us, live, on each listen. Coupled with Bastien’s capacity to write music which is almost visual, the album is quite enveloping.
Bastien returns to Def Pressé with this new album after the brilliant, Holy Mountain. Released under the name Grandamme, with friend and collaborator Claudia Kane.
released September 8, 2023
All tracks written, performed and arranged by S. Jones
Harp performed by Tomo Xerri on tracks 1, 4, 6, 8, 12, 14
Violins performed by Alex Judd on tracks 4, 8, 14
Vocals performed by Claudia Kane on track 8
Voice on tracks 4, 8 and 14 performed by Anne-Sophie Dubois Gaché
Voice on tracks 1, 3, 6, 9, 10 performed by Kenneth Voita
Additional production on tracks 1 and 6 by Huckvale
Tracks 2, 5, 10, 11, 13 mixed by Earl Davis (Damu The Fudgemunk)
Mastered by Tim Southorn
Layout / Design by Giles Cahalane
Produced by S. Jones
Def Pressé 2023