Electronic/techno producer Christian Löffler specializes in emotive, melancholic music that feels isolated yet strangely relatable. Löffler started taking an interest in music at age 14, although instead of picking up a guitar, as his friends did, he dove straight into programming and arranging music on his computer. A lot of his sound is owed to the area he was brought up in, and where he spends most of his time: the Darß peninsula in Germany. Inside of his relatively isolated studio, Löffler taught himself to use a variety of programs and instruments, as well as develop his photography skills and collect a huge sound bank of field recordings. For the most part, Löffler created music simply because he enjoyed expressing himself; that all changed in 2008 when a long-time friend approached him with the idea of starting a label. Together they founded Ki Records, launching with Löffler's debut EP, Heights. Löffler would continue to release an EP on his own label on an almost annual basis; a notable exception was made in 2015 when he released the New York EP on U.K.-based label 20:20 Vision. Löffler also released his debut album via Ki Records, 2012's A Forest, which featured Danish singer Gry Bagøien and German singer Mohna, the latter of whom would regularly join Löffler when he played live. His second full-length album, Mare, followed in 2016, and took a more organic approach, featuring more self-recorded instruments and field recordings instead of the sample-based approach he took on his debut.
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Electronic - Released March 20, 2020 | KI Records
After Graal (Prologue) in 2019, German producer Christian Löffler has made a swift return with his follow-up, Lys, no less influenced by his surroundings: the shores of Graal-Müritz, a seaside resort on the Baltic Sea, in the very north of Germany, where he lives 200 meters from the beach and 250 km from festive Berlin. The man who had caulked himself into a forest hut for his first album A Forest in 2012, has shifted his focus to the light, “which is different in northern Germany”, and which became the theme of this record. A painter and photographer in his spare time, Löffler has painted a poppy, techno, sunny, soft album which wears its own spleen lightly. A seaside record, then, with some more club-friendly titles (Roth or Sun), a cast of winning sirens including the Swedish Menke on Lys or Josephine Philip, who sings the stormy pop song The End. And when she does, it sure feels like it. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz