Stephan Bodzin proves once again why he is one of the most innovative techno artists in the world with the new album Boavista. The expressive 17-track feature lands on Herzblut Recordings, and is preceded by the lead single “Boavista” on the Afterlife label.
german icon Stephane Bodzin is globally recognized on many fronts – his live show is one of techno’s most famous, his productions constantly pushing the genre forward with his own signature sound. He released long, well-received solo players Liebe I and Powers of ten as well as worked on many other iconic projects under a range of aliases.
Over the past year, Stephan had the chance to review the vast musical archive he recorded but never completed. While in Brazil, he picked his 25 favorites and finished them correctly, with the top 17 constituting Boavista.
Its simple goal was to tell stories with each piece, to paint musical images that evoke very real emotions in the listener. As always, playing the album live was on the back of Bodzinspirit throughout the creation process.
This means that each track is a powerful piece that is both emotional and honest, physical and direct, but also true to the authentic. Bodzin ring. The lack of DJ gigs and club experiences had no impact on the music: Stephan has long done his own thing and never tried to live up to expectations.
And that proves it. The album kicks off with the lush ‘Earth‘which pays homage to all elements of life – water, fire, wind, as well as time, light and the rotation of the planet.
‘I’M GOING‘is an electronic lullaby song defined by a feeling of love for the people in Stephan’s life and’Astronaut‘has a main synth that came after StephanThe daughter of said she would like to be an astronaut when she grows up. It truly takes you to the stars before the title song’s simple yet effective melodic patterns light up a night sky with real hope.
Elsewhere there ‘Infinite monkey‘which was a freeform jam that was led by the music itself, the epic pads of’Dune‘and interstellar explorations of the most thoughtful and melancholy’Cooper Station‘. ‘Nothing like you‘was written in a hotel room before Stephan’s last pre-containment concert, then’Isaact is another powerful journey through space and time, different worlds and alternate realities.
Other mesmerizing highlights come from the sweet melodies but powerful basslines of ‘Collider‘, the expansive synths of’Trancoso‘and the delicate beauty of’Ataraxia‘, which refers to the German composer Klaus Doldinger who had a great influence on Stephanunderstanding of melodies and harmonics. ‘To breatheis a dazzling second vocal track featuring Moon Semara beside ‘Nothing like you‘and closer’Pinkis a heart-wrenching piano piece.
Boavista is another album of rich, synth-rich electronic music that takes you to new worlds of emotion and leaves you in awe.
Listen to the album below.