Octave Minds (Chilly Gonzales & Boys Noize) – “Anthem”
Canadian superproducer and part-time pop deconstructionalist Chilly Gonzales has worked with a fascinating array of artists including Feist, Daft Punk, Drake, Peaches, and Jamie Lidell. Now that he’s based in Germany he’s teamed up with the techno producer Boys Noize under the name Octave Minds. The duo’s self-titled album is out next month, and single “Anthem” is an impressive piece of work. The instrumental track is pretty far from the usual Boys Noize wheelhouse, inhabiting some splendid middle ground between chamber pop, post-rock, and techno. (FWIW, they call it “new age electronic romance.”) The mood is upbeat and inspirational; explains Gonzales in a press release, “Picture the rebirth of spring, flowers opening, let the French horn take you away to a place without tears and pain! ‘Anthem’ is exactly that — an anthem for feeling good about the future.” It certainly made me feel good. Listen below.