That’s Nice: Outremer - Ebenezer
‘Outremer’ is the debut release from London-based, West Midlands-bred producer and Collective member Ebenezer (aka Chris Donald).
Honing his craft behind the desk, over the past few years Ebenezer has produced records for folk troubadours, hip hop raconteurs and post-rock doomsayers alike, as well as masterminding the atmospheric electro-pop soundscapes of Fiction Fight. ‘Outremer’ burrows deep through a lifetime of influences, surfacing at the oddest junctions of genres, creating an innovative, rolling soundscape of organic synths, cavernous drums and modern-baroque strings; a world distinctly its own.
We asked Chris to share a little about some of the tracks... 'I started working on ‘Outremer’ after 9 months living and working abroad. As soon as I was back in the UK I started developing this music as a kind of cathartic response, to process that time away. I was trying to hold on to these incredible and joyous moments I’d had, but also reconcile them with the cultural isolation and plain weirdness I’d sometimes felt. So ‘Parakeet’ is about discovering a new, alien place, taking tentative steps at first and then opening up and starting to fall in love with it. In contrast ‘Molasses’ fed off the experience of returning home and the frustrating slowing of momentum I felt, as well as my struggle to hear God’s voice at the time. It’s all storytelling music - surreal campfire tales that hopefully subvert expectation.’
‘Outremer’ is an ode to the experience of being lost in a foreign culture, a far-away land; the opposing forces of adventure and alienation, confusing and complementing each other. With this strange and compelling record Ebenezer is staking out a space of his own among the UK’s considerable legacy of electronic producers.
- Cover image by Oleh Slobodeniuk