"Confidence" is the second album from producer and multi-instrumentalist David Georgos (DE) aka Memum. Conceptually a continuation from his first critically acclaimed album "Became a Leaf", it also draws threads from his earlier record "Awakine" which was released under the moniker Locoto. "Confidence" embodies the spirit of ambient composition by taking crystal clear and precise tones and melodies, and setting them into a drift of natural rhythms and textures. What unfurls is a musical examination of the delicacy and grace of plant life, a constant source of inspiration for Georgos who continually gravitates to the quiet life and natural landscapes.
‘I feel a strong connection between the beauty and complexity of plants and the variety of human emotion, intermingling in their cycles, fragility and resilience.’
The seed for this earthy collection of songs was sown in an old wooden house in Finland, surrounded by a wild garden, apple trees and groves of towering dark green spruce. The silent fields and subdued landscapes created the bed from which the album grew.
‘The landscape I was working in brought to mind the dreamy tape-sound of Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio) which I had been deeply affected by but it also seemed to reflect the contemporary Scandinavian music and traditional folk music of Japan that were important inspirations during the making of the album.'
Georgos worked with four singers on Confidence, Erin Lang, Anne Garner, Fairaand Anna Marjamäki. Georgos and Langare frequent collaborators and play together in the art-pop band Foundling. Georgos knew that Lang’s breathy and enchanting voice would be the perfect compliment to the album’s folky dream-pop opener Aalto, which takes it’s name from the Finnish word for wave.
‘The instrumental for Aalto offered the most natural suggestions for the song’s lyrics and vocal melodies like they were already floating there in David’s sonic sea.’ – Erin Lang
Anne Garner’s voice embodies a rare kind of sincerity on Timedrift, managing to convey strength and vulnerability in the same breath. For Komoriuta, Faira’s vocal virtuosity and solid melodic sensibility create a detachment that contrasts the plucky fuzzy piano tape loops and the song becomes almost a call and answer between the singer and song-bed. Though Illuminate began as an experiment winding together Anna Marjamäki’s vocal fragments with samples of Georgos’ own voice, what grew out was a mystic choral, almost Gregorian dreamscape. Within the intricately woven nest of the voices, the guitar and piano, the field recordings creating the subtle impressions of rushing water, horse drawn carriages and cats purring, Confidence becomes an intimate collection of the first beams of sunlight after a dark winter nestled and still under a wool blanket. It is a reverence for spring, revealing the warmth of life in waiting and winding roots deep into a memory of solid earth.
released June 8, 2018
All songs written & produced by David Georgos
Mixed & Mastered by Henrik José at Funkhaus Studios, Berlin
Recorded in Ojarinne, Turku & Fairy Lights Studio, Niederoberbach
Original Cover Illustration: Rebecca Haley
Cover Concept & Design: Melanie Kretzer
Guests - Aalto: Vocals by Erin Lang / Petals: Violin by Maris Peterlevics, Rhodes by Hannes Kretzer / Radiance: Piano by Hannes Kretzer / Sumussa Valon Loiste: Saxophone by Carsten Netz / Timedrift: Vocals by Anne Garner / Komoriuta: Vocals by Faira, Piano by Hannes Kretzer / Illuminate: Vocals by Anna Marjamäki
Love goes out to: Hannes Kretzer for his boundless support, his help of recording the piano and making this release possible. Henrik José for making it an awesome sounding album. All vocalists and musicians for growing with me and shaping the album. Melanie Kretzer for her stunning artwork-design, overall concept and trust. Rebecca Haley for her wonderful drawings and illustrations for the artwork. Dean Roberts for his support in the production. Andreas Stoeffer for the beautiful photos. Anna Marjamäki for being my spiritual advisor. Niklas Paschburg for lending me his piano. Mü-Nest for the collaboration. Gratitude and love to my friends and family for supporting me and standing by my side. Last but not least I wanna thank you dear listener, for lending me your ears.
Only just found this album, stunning. Thick with atmosphere. Will certainly be in my playlist for a long time to come. Only regret I didn’t find it soon enough to purchase the vinyl. Favourite track, ‘In The Antrogynous Dark’, one for my funeral playlist. This Side of Tomorrow
One of my top 3 favorite albums of the year. Its not very often and artist brand new to you can have such a profound impact on you. I can't even count how many times I've listened to this album since I stumbled upon it. Haunting, soothing, and deeply moving at the same time, this album truly relates the feeling of loosing a connection with someone or something you love, better than a lot of albums I've heard that have tried to. Animalman