“How does time affect our life and how do we deal with it?” Lea Porcelain question in their new video ‘A Year From Here‘. “Probably one of the most important and primal challenges for humankind is dealing with age and evanescence. Because humans are mortal, and the days when we are lonely, down and feel that lack of motivation, are the days that we fight against in our everyday life.” Watch here
Lea Porcelain want to give every viewer “the feeling that is just a human emotion and these days that seem dark – when everything you see is black and white – are the days in which it is also important to make progress, to recapitulate and to change your life if it needs changing.”
Lea Porcelain’s forthcoming debut Hymns To The Night was written and recorded over a two year period in Berlin’s FUNKHAUS, a broadcasting house created under Soviet supervision that now houses the world’s biggest recording studio. The spectrum of the album is extremely wide. Hymns To The Night bends genres, yet every song works together, playing with very different moods. Lea Porcelain describe their sound “atmospheric, cinematic and melancholic”.
Before Lea Porcelain, project members Julien Bracht and Markus Nikolaus were working within completely separate musical spheres. Bracht was a successful techno producer touring the world, Nikolaus a go-to independent musician, navigating between Berlin and the rest of the world.
Lea Porcelain aim to make “universal” music; songs people can treasure in day, night, between different states of mind. They want to make music for “the entire world”, and this partly stems from a globe-trotting past. No matter the genre, range of instruments or sound palette, their presence is unmistakable. Every song is tied together by the duo’s ethos, their free approach towards making music. In the standout moments of their debut, everything spills outwards, drums cascading into the distance, a cross between self-destruction and complete euphoria.