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Plastikman & Chilly Gonzales

Consumed In Key

    Turbo Recordings presents its grandest achievement yet, a reimagining of Plastikman’s 1998 magnum opus ‘Consumed’, Transformed as a new collaborative composition between original artist Richie Hawtin and musical genius Chilly Gonzales… This is an album three decades in the making, brought into the world by Executive Producer Tiga.

    A masterpiece of restraint, depth, and music as architectural vision, ‘Consumed’ was profoundly influential, defining the soon-to-emerge minimal movement. Shortly after its 20th anniversary, Chilly Gonzales was inspired to compose accompanying piano pieces (counterparts) for each of the tracks and shared them with Tiga, who became the conduit between both artists and led the project to fruition on his label. Hawtin mixed the new combined work, allowing each artist their own space within the project, more of a sonic conversation between them than a conventional collaboration.

    Consumed in Key will be available digitally and as a deluxe triple vinyl LP on April 1st, 2022. The artwork is a reinterpretation of the original album’s, flipped to black and white and with the cutout size transposed to the dimensions of a piano key, the die-cut in the white outersleeve revealing a shiny black foil stamp on the black innersleeves. The product is available both in regular black and special white vinyl. In an effort to be eco-friendly, the vinyl and packaging were made using recycled materials.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: An expansive and beautiful juxtaposition of the minimal beats and atmospheric unease of Hawtin's original material with Gonazles' tenderly plucked piano, all brought together with a warm and enveloping production sensibility. An endlessly listenable and richly rewarding journey.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Contain (In Key)
    B1. Consume (In Key)
    B2. Passage In (In Key)
    C1. Cor Ten (In Key)
    C2. Ekko (In Key)
    D1. Converge (In Key)
    D2. Locomotion (In Key)
    E1. In Side (In Key)
    F1. Consumed (In Key)
    F2. Passage Out (In Key)

    Christmas music: a peculiar genre that offers everything from solemnity to exuberance. Christmas carols are beloved, largely uncontested vessels for emotion and memory, gratitude and generosity.

    Enter Chilly Gonzales.

    Composer, showman in slippers and a bathrobe, he has a deep dedication to his craft: he’s an Entertainer. His humble service to this calling lends a certain inevitability to this announcement: Chilly Gonzales has made a Christmas album.

    From feudal oldies to newer holiday pop canon, A very chilly christmas surveys a broad scope of seasonal repertoire and sentiment. There’s grandeur and solemnity, there’s austerity and merriment, and there’s Mariah Carey.

    With his unabashed loyalty to melody, Gonzales’ approach deftly navigates the myth of one shared songbook with a collection that opts for nuance over pomp. From Wenceslas to Wham, the great revelation of this collection is the restrained, distilled beauty of Gonzales’ signature minor key interpretations.

    “Christmas is a time of very mixed intense emotion for me, and the existing canon often sounds like a forced smile. Christmas is a typical time for superficial happiness, but also a time for reflection and mourning the sad events throughout the year, and to play the songs in a minor key makes Christmas more authentic and realistic.”

    A very chilly christmas finds its star in The Banister Bough, the album’s sole original song. This tinseled, sugar-plum collaboration with Feist, complete with miniaturized Jeunet-esque stop-motion animated video, balances delicate whimsy with an ecological message in disguise as a home decorating tutorial. The song gently encourages us to reimagine traditions, those we claim and those we inherit, for the generations to come.

    Another album standout is the cover of Snow Is Falling In Manhattan by David Berman, a fellow Christmas-loving Jew. Jarvis Cocker’s fireside vocals and Feist’s ember-afterglow chorus are nestled amongst Gonzales’ piano and a flute. This stop-motion video sees Gonzales and Jarvis de-ambulating through the snowy streets of Manhattan, watching as stoops gets salted and peering in a window at the crackling fireplace inside where an outsider has been taken in.

    From solo arrangements to intricate, delicate additions of strings, bells, choir and more, A very chilly christmas also features Gonzales’ frequent stage and studio collaborator, cellist Stella Le Page. As a whole, the album’s gift is the space it creates for quieter moments amid the flurry and noise of the season.

    Since the final pre-pandemic stops of his Solo Piano III tour in early 2020, Gonzo has continued to explore and create. New episodes of his ongoing Pop Music Masterclass series add Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” to the library and Christmas song episodes are in the works. Chilly Gonzales also recently announced a new book, ENYA: A Treatise On Unguilty Pleasures, due in October. In this musical memoir, he examines his and millions of other peoples’ enthusiasm for Enya’s singular music and asks: Does music have to be smart or does it just have to go to the heart?


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: Gonzales has never been one to go with the crowd, and this display of christmas cheer gone minor-key only serves to prove that point. It's another side to the uplifting anthems and choral singalong we'd expect, but if anything a lot easier to listen to. Variety is the spice of life, and with Chilly, you definitely get spice (sorry).

    TRACK LISTING

    01. Silent Night
    02. Good King Wenceslas
    03. Silver Bells
    04. Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    05. Last Christmas
    06. The Banister Bough (feat Feist)
    07. Jingle Bells
    08. All I Want For Christmas Is You
    09. In The Bleak Midwinter (feat Jarvis Cocker)
    10. Snow Is Falling In Manhattan (feat Jarvis Cocker And Feist)
    11. O Tannenbaum
    12. Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging
    13. O Come, All Ye Faithful
    14. We Three Kings
    15. Auld Lang Mynor


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