"Serenade" follows his debut "Dear God", which was released on Tri Angle earlier this year. Since the release of "Dear God", mmph has worked on his own evolving sound while also producing new music for the likes of David Byrne, serpentwithfeet and Lauren Auder. Classically trained since childhood, Han attended Berklee College of Music to study cello before shifting his concentration towards electronic production & sound design, a pivot that resulted in the birth of this project, mmph.
mmph’s compositions exist at the intersection of analogue classical music arrangement and forward thinking electronic sound production. While "Dear God" processed the way in which certain personal tragedies had eclipsed Han’s personal love affair with music, "Serenade" evokes a newfound expressive romanticism utilizing a broader palate of orchestral and electronic sounds.
Melodically focused, orchestrally informed and rhythmically driven, each of "Serenade’s" five songs utilize a different classical trope to create Wagnerian suites in miniature. "Minuet" is a stately dance in triple time (performance), "Tragedy" is a play (death), "Elegy" is a mourning poem (death) and "Serenade" is a courtship song often played in the open air (love).
Fusing synths choirs, arpeggiated (sometimes plucked) strings and steel string guitars, mmph creates a sense of extraordinary melodrama that feels more at home against the romantic backdrop of a Turner seaside cliff than a college student’s basement. Against these romantic landscapes, the baroquefeeling mini-operas of mmph’s "Serenade" comes to life.