I have to admit it’s not ‘brand-new’ but I have a very strong tendency to get side-tracked and overwhelmed, which results in my posting absolute gems a little while after they were released. I hope you, Eric Lau and Kilawatt won’t be mad at me though, because as I have to say regularly, ‘better late than never’. Right? Right! So, I discovered Eric Lau’s music quite late, if we consider all his previous releases, but I quickly became a fan and am now following his work quite closely. After the very interesting Kilawatt: V2 EP and his previous album Makin’ Sound, Eric Lau is back with an incredible sonic exploration, entitled Quadrivium. Based on a book dealing with the correlation between geometry and arts, this new project has a slightly different sound than Eric’s previous endeavours and this is a much welcome shift, as it is a confirmation of the producer’s talent and ability to always develop new skills, to experiment with his music. Twenty tracks add up to create the overall atmosphere, taking us on an aural and emotional journey to different dimensions. I always say that music has a very strong power to make you drift away and escape from reality but some albums underline this element even more, which is indeed the case with Quadrivium.
From the very first notes of Star Trekking to the very last ones of 4U, Eric Lau makes us travel through different moods, genres and emotions, always creating very interesting patterns and using many different instruments to produce the desired effect. This is one of the things I appreciate most with this album, this ability to add many tiny details without making the tracks sound too heavy or all over the place. Piano, synths, guitars, flutes, percussions, glockenspiel, violins, the list of instruments used on every track is quite eclectic and all those combine perfectly to create a sound that is quite original and innovative. There are many tracks that I absolutely love, for the purity and beauty of the notes and melodies, as well as for the emotions they are filled with and I will mention a few, which I find quite amazing. In Paradise sounds perfect to my ears and the title really fits this incredible, very emotional track, which enchanted me with the warm sounds of the piano, violins and flute. Orchid, with its hypnotic guitar loop and beautiful keys really took me to another dimension. Vu Ja De, with its delicate piano and chilled vibe, is the definition of feel-good music. Lzy, with the warm and smooth jazz and soul elements really has a late night kind of vibe to it. Finally, 4U sounds like the perfect conclusion to this project, with its heartfelt dimension and mesmerising piano, which make you want to have a special someone to dedicate it to. All I need to add now is that Quadrivium is a must in any music lover’s collection out there and that it will most probably get you caught you up in the same way it did for me.
To tell you more about the concept behind this album, I’ll let Eric Lau himself talk, with this very interesting video, where he shares some great ideas and insight.
And you can now stream and buy the album on Kilawatt’s Bandcamp or simply by clicking on the link below. The album is also available on vinyl through hhv.de and Access Hip-Hop. Enjoy the journey, support and spread the word!