Somehow, and we are not quite sure how, we have been in touch with Federico for years. His first album only came out in 2010 (the fantastic Spekk release 'La Siesta Del Ciprés') but he had long been known in circles for remixes and compilation works before then. His work was talked about as some of the most beautiful organic ambience around, and we heard a lot about him through mutual friends in Chihei Hatakeyama and Tomoyoshi Date. When we finally got a demo from him we were already friends, and 'El libro de los árboles mágicos' as it became, turned into one of our fastest-selling albums, in two quick-smart editions. The album also included the beautiful piece he made for 'Slow Films In Low Light' back in 2010. In Japan 'El libro de los árboles mágicos' was a massive success and became one of the most praised albums of the year here for its subtle attention to detail, gorgeous melodies and sense of pure nature.
Federico will be touring Japan in March 2014 and we can't wait! We're also lining up another release with him for next year as well.
Here's a little more about Federico Durand:
Federico Durand’s music is a weave of sound searching introspection and delight through simple melodies and field-recordings, made in the heart of Argentina. Federico adores books, autumn, John Keats' poetry, botanical prints and Earl Grey tea. Federico Durand is a member of Melodía with Japanese musician Tomoyoshi Date. He also has a musical project with American sound artist Nicholas Sczcepanik called Every Hidden Color.
To keep up-to-date with Federico's releases, shows and news, please visit his beautiful little blog here:
Here's a short film of Federico performing in São Paulo:
You can stream, share and buy 'El libro de los árboles mágicos' here:
You can stream, share and buy 'A Film by Federico Durand' from 'Slow Films In Low Light' here: