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Today, Spotify’s fastest-growing electronic producer (Viberate) Ben Böhmer and GRAMMY-winning multi-instrumentalist/composer Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, FKA Twigs) showcase their unexpected and riveting collaboration on The Apparitions EP via Anjunadeep, boasting four reworked tracks from Böhmer’s highly-acclaimed 2021 sophomore album Begin Again.
The EP marks the first artist release from Rob Moose, who contributed to 12 of Pitchfork’s top 200 albums of the last 25 years, since the Copycat Killer EP with Phoebe Bridgers in 2020, which featured his “devastating orchestral arrangements” (Pitchfork) as well as his first collaboration with an electronic producer: the result is a brain-tingling mesh of melodies and cinematic wistfulness.
The Apparitions release follows stand-out single “Home ft. JONAH (An Apparition),” that highlights Böhmer’s elegant yet whimsical production brilliantly contrasted by Moose’s sweeping string arrangements. The track was picked as Chillest Record on Sian Eleri’s BBC Radio 1 Chillest Show last night. She says “this might be one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard”. On the collaboration, Moose says, “I loved getting to work with Ben and the featured singers on this project. In the beginning, we weren't sure what shape the collaboration would take, and almost as a lark, We tried muting all the album stems and building the entire structure with just strings. To the delight, Ben liked this approach, and We went deep with all the stems, studying fx artifacts and minute timings to try to translate electronic sounds onto a body of strings without losing the magical idiosyncrasies of the original work. We hope that the EP feels familiar to fans of the album, but pulls their ears and their hearts in unexpected directions.”
2021 was a stand-out year for Böhmer who was called “the new star of the world electronic scene” by Vogue UA. Boasting over 110 million streams, and a recent remix alongside A.G. Cook on Rostam’s Changephobia Remixes: Part 2 in addition to the release of Begin Again, he won Best Live [Streamed] Act Award at the AIMs in what has been arguably the most competitive year for live-streamed performances, beating out artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Arlo Parks, and beabadoobee. Böhmer recently announced his Worldwide album tour, selling out 95% of his dates (+35k tickets) in just two months, including the iconic Roundhouse London, the Fonda Theatre in LA, and 2x shows at Great American Music Hall San Francisco.
[00:00] Ben Böhmer & Rob Moose feat. JONAH - Home (An Apparition) [03:48] Ben Böhmer & Rob Moose feat. Gordi - Slow Wave (An Apparition) [07:07] Ben Böhmer & Rob Moose - Beyond Beliefs (An Apparition) [10:59] Ben Böhmer & Rob Moose feat. lau.ra - Erase (An Apparition)