He boarded a train on Transsiberian in 2015 and jumped into a caravan in South America for the double volume Roads. In Spring when the world froze in lock-down, the French electronic producer spent his days shut up in a chalet in the Swiss alps. He’s decided to journey into the past with this album, revisiting works by classical composers – the likes of Satie, Debussy, Verdi, Mozart, Beethoven, Fauré and Schubert.
While most recent projects have tried to link the two styles by going for a more conceptual approach, William Rezé takes a more direct route and offers up a series of remixed classical music “hits”. He samples the first few notes of Satie’s Gymnopédie n.1 and sets them to an airy house beat.
He covers Gnossienne 1 on an acoustic guitar. He supports Verdi’s Dies Irae with a heavy techno beat, while still preserving the original’s raw drama, and manages to build a bridge between the Italian composer and American EDM. A great record!