After several collaborative releases, German drummer Simon Popp is back on Squama with his second solo album ‘Devi’.
While his phenomenal debut ‘Laya’ was a percussive take on ambient and third stream minimalism, ‘Devi’ features eight tracks of bold organic grooves, uplifting and hopeful in one moment, sinister and dark in the next. This dualism is reflective of the ups and downs in Simon’s own life, making the album a brutally honest and deeply personal record.
Over the past two years Popp has steadily refined his skills both as a player and an engineer: There are virtuoso drumming parts, revealing his passion for polyrhythm and complex structures and recording techniques such as heavy limiting, using gated reverb and pitch-shifting give the record a modern 90s vibe. ‘Devi’ is a forceful statement of what contemporary drum music can sound like today.
Written, Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Simon Popp
Mastered by Christoph Stickel at CS Mastering
Drawings by Miro Maria Schachtner
Designed by Maximilian Schachtner at Daily Dialogue